Family of Muslim Girl Who Made Up Story About Being Attacked Apologizes

ashley.rae | January 22, 2018
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The family of the Canadian Muslim girl whose story of being attacked by an anti-Muslim zealot while walking to school captivated international audiences has offered an apology in light of the story turning out to be a hoax.

As MRCTV previously reported, 11-year-old Khawlah Noman alleged a man attacked her with scissors when she was on her way to school. A police investigation, however, determined Noman’s story never happened.

The Star now reports the family of the child has issued an apology. According to the family, they “assumed it to be true just like everyone else.”

In the full statement, obtained by the Star, the family claims they “only went public because we were horrified that there was such a perpetrator who may try to harm someone else.”

Twice in their apology, the family said they were “deeply sorry” for the incident and for the “pain and anger that our family has caused.”

When the news of the story first broke, Noman’s family was prominently featured at a press conference about the incident:

Noman also spoke about the incident herself on camera while her family stood by her side:

Noman's story garnered the attention of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who offered a personal statement on the matter. His office has since issued a statement talking about the “warning sign of increased intolerance.”

According to CTV News, no charges will be pressed in this case.