"All that he did was smile".
She told police she was first attacked as she walked with her brother along Birchmount Road around 8:30 a.m.
The girl says she then turned around, screamed and the man ran away.
"This girl was fearless enough to confront the man, look at the man and make a noise, which is very good for her to realize this is wrong".
When her attacker pulled her hood down, she said he cut her hijab from the bottom up.
"I feel confused, scared and terrified". "I and my sister were so frightened that we didn't know what to do". "The community, the school, everyone's been so supportive", said Saima Samad.
"It's just not Canada. I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this". It's not right and he should get help. This does not represent who we are.
When one of the reporters asked, "what do you think of this happening?", she replied, "I feel this is bad and I feel like this should stop". "You should not act like this". "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", he said.
Police were called shortly afterward.
"A day of action will express our recommitment to fight Islamaphobia, and become a rallying call", he said.
"She was fearless enough to confront the man, make some noise. and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", said Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu.
Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird confirmed school staff contacted police and the girl's family once they heard what had happened.
"This school lives inclusiveness", she said. He has a medium build, is between five-foot-eight and six-feet tall.
At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black trousers, brown gloves, and had prescription glasses with black frames on his face, police said.
Police are investigating this as a hate crime, but the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General will need to approve any hate crime related charges associated with the assault. Anyone who can help with further information should Toronto Police or Crime Stoppers.
This is a cowardly act of hatred, and it has no place in Ontario. "Intolerance and hate of any kind, including islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province, or our country".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack, along with other Canadian politicians.
"My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto".