CAIR: Calif. School District to Apologize for Hijab Harassment Incident

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The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today announced that the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will issue a public apology in response to an incident earlier this summer in which a high school official demanded that a Muslim student remove her hijab, or Islamic head scarf….On June 19, 2007, a supervisor in the lunchroom of Seaside High School demanded that a 13-year-old Muslim student remove her headscarf, despite being told that it was worn for religious reasons. The student, who was visiting the school to take part in a summer algebra program, says she broke down in tears after the supervisor allegedly shouted, “You have to take it off now,” in front of more than 100 other students in the lunchroom. Despite the shouted and repeated demands of the school official, the girl refused to remove her scarf.

On October 29, 2007, during the district’s school board meeting, a public apology will be issued to the student and her family. The apology will address the embarrassment and harm caused while acknowledging her right to wear a hijab at school.

At the meeting, officials will consider a proposal to amend the existing policy, which allows schools discretion to adopt blanket “no-headwear” policies, to include an exception for students wearing head covering for religious reasons.

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