In Mason, Ohio, Mason High School sent out an email regarding an initiative that encouraged all female high school students to voluntary wear a hijab (an Islamic head covering) during the school day on April 23.
After intense controversy, another email was sent out on Thursday night issuing an apology from Principal Mindy McCarty-Steward to parents and canceling the “Covered Girl Challenge,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The “challenge” was meant to be an opportunity that would “allow students to wear a headscarf for the whole school day.”
At the end of the day, there would be a time for discussion and reflection. Parents who wanted their children to participate were asked to submit a permission slip.
The principal explained in the apology email that the event was a student-led initiative, and it was meant to combat stereotypes students may face when wearing head coverings, McCarty-Stewart wrote, but “as the event spread beyond our school community, however, we received many strong messages that made me reconsider the event’s ability to meet its objectives.”
That student-run group that pitched the idea is none other than the Muslim Student Association, a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is known to be a “gateway to jihad” and has had several of its leaders convicted of terrorism.
While some people were upset that the school cancelled the event, saying that they “caved to bigotry,” the principal said that students of all faiths are allowed to wear traditional religious garb to school, “But at the same time, we can’t promote religion.”
You can read the apology letter below:
Controversy reportedly first broke out after Jihad Watch published a story critical of the event after he said parents reached out to him to express their concerns.
“When is A Cross-Wearer’s Challenge day at Mason High? When is A Yarmulke Wearer’s Challenge day at Mason High? Or is it only Islam that gets this treatment? Also, I am looking forward to Mason High’s Uncovered Girl Challenge, in honor of Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it; and of Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab.
…Women who don’t wear hijab in Muslim countries are far more likely to be victims of violence than hijabis in the West. Who speaks for them?”