Mar 31 2013
INDIANA: Muslim student starts wearing Islamic headbag to school after never having worn one before. Told to remove it by teacher, who was enforcing the ‘no headgear’ in school rule. Parents complain to principal. Principal caves to Islamopressure and changes policy just for her. Still not enough, parents demand special investigation into the incident and cultural diversity training for school staff, as well as an apology. Next, expect the CAIR litigation jihadists to come bearing a lawsuit.
SUN TIMES (h/t Rob E) The parents of a Muslim student say their daughter was discriminated against when a teacher sent her to the office for wearing traditional Muslim headwear called a hijab, but officials at her Hammond, Ind., school say the teacher was only following school policy regarding hats and head coverings.
Attia Gray, 15, a sophomore at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, said her teacher looked at her hijab on Tuesday and told her she couldn’t wear it. “I said I can’t take it off, it’s for religious purposes. She sent me down to the office.”
Principal Sean Egan said Attia had not worn a head covering all year so the teacher sent her to the office for clarification on the school policy. “The main reason the teacher asked was she never wore it before,” he said. Egan described the headwear as a leopard print.
The explanation didn’t satisfy Attia’s parents, Kitten and Derrick Gray, who moved to Hammond from Chicago about three years ago. They sent a letter complaining to the charter school’s sponsor, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., seeking an investigation into the incident and cultural diversity training for school staff, as well as an apology.
The Grays say Attia was ridiculed by other students after the teacher sent her to the principal and singled her out for wearing the hijab, considered a symbol of modesty in the Muslim religion. “It’s kind of annoying because people are so immature,” said Attia. “It should be something that people understand and see every day.”
Attia, who wants to become a marine biologist, said she wore the hijab occasionally in eighth grade, but didn’t wear it last year. “I wear it when I want to or feel like it. The Muslim religion is about modesty so that’s why there’s a covering.” Egan said Attia once said she wore the hijab in eighth grade because it was a “bad hair day.” (Then you just made the case that wearing one is NOT a religious requirement. CASE CLOSED!)