The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Los Angeles chapter filed an appeal this week on behalf of a Ventura County family whose son received instructional material in his seventh-grade social studies class that berated Muslims and which was taken, the group says, from an anti-Muslim website.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Jan. 11, at CAIR-LA's Anaheim office, the boy's parents said their son is afraid and reluctant to go to school since October because he is being bullied by his peers for being Muslim in reaction to the inaccurate statements contained in the history teacher's instructional material.

CAIR-LA's appeal to the California Department of Education challenges the Mesa Union School District's determination that the teacher's actions were not discriminatory. The school district is located in Somis, an unincorporated community in Ventura County.

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