US federal agents in New York reportedly arrested two 16-year-old girls last month on suspicion they intended to become suicide bombers. One is a Guinean girl who entered the United States with her family in 1990 on a visitor visa, when she was two-years-old. The other, a Bangladeshi entered the country in 1994 and her mother unsuccessfully applied for asylum.
Adem Carroll, a community activist with the Islamic Circle of North America, said the case appeared to be "an investigation that's gotten out of hand, like a lot of other so-called terror investigations":
The Guinean tenth-grader (described by the FBI as "an imminent threat to the security of the United States") is a student at Heritage High School in East Harlem.
"She is, yes, an orthodox Muslim, but completely integrated into this school," Jessica Siegel, an English teacher at the school, told The New York Times. "She's a wonderful, wonderful girl."
"I just can't fathom this,"” said Kimberly Lane, her art teacher. She has repeatedly visited the detention center but was not allowed to speak to the girl, who has no lawyer.
"This is a girl who's been in this country since she was 2 years old,” Ms. Lane said.
"She's just a regular teenager - like, two weeks ago her biggest worry was whether she'd done her homework or studied for a science test".