COLUMBIA, Mo. – A Muslim student at the University of Missouri has filed a lawsuit alleging that a biology professor directed a slew of sexually suggestive and religiously offensive remarks at her.
Fatma El-Walid claims in the lawsuit filed Nov. 30 that professor Michael Garcia asked El-Walid if her parents had waterboarded her “as a child in preparation for the future.” The lawsuit also claims that he wanted to know if her faith made her hate gay people and Jews.
Garcia’s lawyer says his client “vehemently” denies the claims.
The Columbia Missourian reports that El-Walid is seeking more than $25,000 in damages and wants the school to discipline Garcia.
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University of Missouri spokesman Christian Basi said the school was aware of the lawsuit, but declined to comment specifically about Garcia.