The family of an 11-year-old who hoaxed international media that someone tried to cut her hijab off released a statement apologizing.
The statement reads:
“We are deeply sorry for the pain and anger that our family has caused in the past several days.
When our young daughter told the school that she was attacked by a stranger, the school reacted with compassion and support — as did the police.
When we arrived at the school on Friday, we were informed what happened and assumed it to be true, just like everyone else. We only went public because we were horrified that there was such a perpetrator who may try to harm someone else.
This has been a very painful experience for our family. We want to thank everyone who has shown us support at this difficult time. Again, we are deeply sorry for this and want to express our sincere apologies to every Canadian.
We look forward to closing this difficult chapter and providing support to our children.”