Two of the teen girls, sisters ages 15 and 17, were of Somali parents. The other girl was of Sudanese parents. They were intercepted in Germany and returned home. Colorado Muslims are shocked, shocked, to hear of the recruitment. Yeah, surprise… they never got to the part of the perpetual beekeepers outfits..
DENVER (CBS4) – Three Colorado teenage girls are back home with their families after flying overseas allegedly in an effort to join the terror group ISIS. The girls are between the ages of 15 and 17 and an acquaintance of their families says they attend Overland High School in Aurora.
As their cross-continent trip makes national headlines, the head of the Colorado Muslim Council says the news comes as a surprise.
“I was shocked because, according to our prediction we thought that the boys were easy targets. To our surprise the girls were easy targets,” council chairman Hafedh Ferjani told CBS4.
Ferjani said the families of the girls met with their community leaders at the council this week. He said he hopes the parents, who originally reported the girls as runaways, will convince them not to try something similar again.
“I’m hoping that the parents will do their share and talk to their kids,” he said.
Overland High School is in the Cherry Creek School District.
Officials with the district said they had no comment about the situation, but did release a statement:
“There are predators online of all sorts — recruiting students of all pursuasions. We strongly urge parents to monitor how students are using their computers.” (read more)