The MTA is facing a lawsuit after a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy claims he was called a “terrorist” by a city bus driver and denied entry onto the bus when he recited a Muslim prayer.
The boy, who was 10 at the time, claims he was boarding the B36 Bus on Sheepshead Bay Road last October when he couldn’t find his Metrocard. The suit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, says the boy was reciting the Muslim prayer, “I stand in the name of God the most merciful, the most beneficent,” to help him find the card when the driver called him a terrorist and told him to get off the bus. The boy found his card but the driver slammed the bus door shut, the lawsuit claims.
“He was two days shy of turning 11 when this happened, but he’s old enough to know what it feels like to be discriminated against,” said the boy’s lawyer, Hyder Naqvi told the Daily News. The boy, who is only identified as C.S., was so traumatized after the incident, he didn’t want to use public transportation.
The NYC Transit was notified of the incident, but the results of the investigation were never revealed to the boy’s parents, according to the suit.
The lawsuit seeks an undisclosed monetary damages.