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Baranyai: Girl who cried ‘scissors’ spotlights core values

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It was a tale worthy of Aesop himself: the girl in hijab who cried “man with scissors.” The villagers reacted with sympathy and concern. They rushed to her aid, cameras rolling.

In the original fable, when a real wolf finally appears, nobody responds to the boy’s cries; the wolf devours his flock. In some versions, the boy himself is eaten.

Things turned out rather differently in the girl’s story. When they found out there was no attack, the villagers devoured each other.

Police investigated the alleged slashing of an 11-year-old schoolgirl’s hijab as a hate crime. The story received international attention, with responses from all levels of government. On Monday, police concluded the assault never happened, unleashing a cascade of finger-pointing.

Some people expressed concern with media outlets’ unusual decision to publish the name and image of a minor. Some condemned the school board’s........

© Peterborough Examiner