A Muslim teenager who claimed she was called a "terrorist" by Donald Trump supporters who tried to rip her hijab from her head on a New York City subway has been reported missing by her father. Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year-old student, was last seen leaving her home in New Hyde Park, Long Island, at 8pm on Wednesday 7 December.
Police sources told the New York Post that she had not attended class at Baruch College since 2 December and that Seweid's father had reported her missing the next day. Nassau County Police Department has opened an investigation into her disappearance.
The teenager claimed on 2 December this year that three "racists" began harassing her on the six train at 23rd Street subway station the day before. She wrote about her ordeal in a Facebook post that was shared almost a thousand times and was reported by much of the US media.
Seweid's neighbour Carol Zanzonico told NBC News that the teenager had been deeply affected by the incident. She said: "I felt terrible so I went and bought her a bouquet of flowers and wrote a letter to her... She is a sweetheart."
The student was born in Brooklyn to Egyptian parents and said the incident had left her heartbroken as no one stepped in to help her. The men hurled abuse like: "Look it's a f***ing terrorist" and told her to "take that rag off your head" whilst chanting the name of president-elect Donald Trump.
She said in her post: "No matter how "cultured" or "Americanized" I am, these people don't see me as an American. It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs." Police have not made any arrests in connection with the incident.
Police say that Seweid was last seen wearing a black jacket, black head scarf, black yoga pants and a blue sweater and was carrying a bag containing clothing.