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New York School Makes Girls Wear Hijabs At A Student’s Request

February 12, 2016

A school in Rochester, NY is under heavy fire for having 150 girls wear a hijab for “World Hijab Day.”


The school is called the World School of Inquiry the idea was proposed by student Eman Muthana in a letter written to the school’s Principal, Sheela Webster.

Very quickly, social media erupted with backlash and the school fielded dozens of calls objecting. One man named Jim Farnholz wrote:

“As a high school teacher for over 30 years, let me say that this is wrong on so many levels. All religions are taught in our global studies classes. That being said, that is where understanding, tolerance and the good and bad of religion and history are taught. This, however is a clear violation of separation of church and state.”


Principal Webster rebuts the criticism, saying:

“Our perspective in it was not religious – it was really about experiential. We are an experiential school; we engage kids in all kinds of activities and projects all of the time, so the perspective of being able to learn what a hijab is, why some women choose to wear it and why some women don’t choose to wear it, and we provide the opportunity to experience it; it is well within the protocol of experiential learning.”

150 head scarves were brought into school and by first period all were gone, according to reports.

Watch the below report (may not work on all devices):

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