Police say the girl was misbehaving by refusing to get out of the teacher's chair.
School officials say that's no excuse for the teacher's reaction.
The Bennington School in the Bronx, like just about all New York public schools, has a student body and faculty that reflects the diversity of the city.
Edah Oghentega, 31, apparently didn't get that memo. He was a substitute teacher at Bennington and last Tuesday he was in charge of a second grade class.
Some of the students were misbehaving, including an 8-year-old girl wearing the religious headscarf called a hijab.
Muslim women and often young girls wear the hijab to show modesty or piety in public.
According to police and education officials, the teacher first threatened to and then did rip the hijab off the girl's head.
Tuesday, the Department of Education issued this statement: "This alleged behavior is completely unacceptable. This individual was removed from the school immediately and his employment has been terminated."
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