In a TikTok video that has since gone viral, a Florida teacher was apparently caught interrupting Muslim students while they prayed and accusing them of practicing “magic.”
The video — which was posted Thursday and has since raked up more than a million likes — shows three students at Franklin Academy, a charter school in Pembroke Pines, performing a prayer as one recites “Surah At-Tin” from the Quran, according to NBC News.
As the students pray, the teacher, who has not been identified publicly, can be heard in the background saying, “Hold on, this is my office, and y’all doing all this magic.”
She then seems to then blow a whistle to try and get their attention, and walks directly through their prayers, even appearing to kick one of the student’s hands, according to the clip.
“I believe in Jesus, so I’m interrupting the floor,” the teacher said, before asking again why they were in her office.
The students continue to pray while ignoring the teacher, while someone else responds, “They’re praying.” Muslims perform five daily prayers in which they must keep their heads bowed and prostate a number of times without interruption.
The video has received over 3 million views and sparked outrage on social media.
The school issued a statement in response, saying, “Earlier today, a very troubling TikTok video was shared with our leadership team.” A teacher appears to be interrupting students during a moment of prayer in the video. “As soon as the video was received, organizational and school leadership began investigating the situation.”
The school then noted that it “does not tolerate discriminatory behavior.”
“While we do not discuss personnel matters, we can share with you that the teacher in question is no longer a member of the Franklin Academy staff,” the statement continued.