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Columbus Police Investigating Child Abuse Allegations at Islamic School
COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- A father is in shock as police investigate child abuse allegations at an Islamic school.
Columbus police got the case details from Westerville police late last week involving Masjid As-Salaamah, Inc. on Cleveland Avenue.
Westerville police took a report from a principal and English Second Language teacher at Mark Twain elementary.
According to the report, three boys, ages 8, 9 and 10, told their teacher at Mark Twain they experienced or witnessed other children being chained to a wall by their ankles and wrists and beaten with a belt or stick if they did not learn their passages from the Quran.
The father of one boy says that is not true.
"If they don't pass the lessons or if they misbehave there's a consequence and the consequences is time out they don't chain the kids they don't beat the kids," said Abdul Salwe.
A spokesman from the Islamic school says he's confident there's nothing to the allegations.
As required by state law, Mark Twain staff also alerted Franklin County Childrens Services which also launched an investigation.
He says FCCS did visit the school to look at the building.
Salwe says a caseworker came by his house too, but his son says nothing like that happened.
Columbus police say their investigation could take a couple weeks.