Massachusetts scholar gets uniform violation for hijab

A Massachusetts constitution college wherein an 8th grade scholar became written up for a uniform infraction for sporting a hijab says it is familiar with it’s “dealing with of the scenario got here throughout as insensitive.”

 

MALDEN, Mass. — A Massachusetts constitution college wherein an 8th grade scholar became written up for a uniform infraction for sporting a hijab says it is familiar with its “dealing with of the scenario got here throughout as insensitive.”

A member of the family of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School scholar published on social media a image of the “School Uniform Compliance Form” the scholar acquired from a instructor for the hijab on Thursday. In the outline of the infraction, the scarf worn via way of means of Muslim ladies became misspelled as “jihab.”

The college stated in an emailed announcement that it permits college students to put on non secular apparel “as an expression in their absolutely held beliefs,” however asks college students to offer a letter “expressing this choice from a member in their clergy.”

School Superintendent Alex Dan stated there have been no outcomes given to the scholar and that the shape despatched domestic became intended to begin the communique with the own circle of relatives approximately acquiring a non secular accommodation. But Dan recounted that the scenario became mishandled.

“While we would really like to reiterate that the well-reputable group of workers member overseeing the method have to endure no obligation for what has transpired, we recognize how our dealing with of the scenario got here throughout as insensitive and sit up for the usage of this second as a studying possibility to enhance our rules and procedures,” the college’s announcement stated.

 

The Massachusetts bankruptcy of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says its attorneys are representing the scholar’s own circle of relatives and are investigating the scenario. The scholar is now sporting a hijab at college, the organization stated.

CAIR-Massachusetts Executive Director Tahirah Amatul-Wadud stated sporting a hijab or different non secular apparel should not require households to are trying to find an accommodation.

“I would really like by no means for that scholar need to justify what she is sporting,” she stated Sunday. “I do not need them to ever need to justify that this calls for an accommodation.”

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School additionally got here beneathneath hearthplace in 2017 for a coverage of banning hair braid extensions. The dad and mom of then-15-year-olds stated their dual daughters, who’re Black, have been punished for sporting extensions at the same time as white college students hadn’t been punished for violations of haircut regulations.

After extreme criticism, inclusive of from Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the college deserted the coverage.

In July, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a regulation precipitated via way of means of that incident to prohibit discrimination primarily based totally on herbal and defensive hairstyles — along with Afros, cornrows or tightly coiled twists — in workplaces, college districts and college-associated corporations withinside the state.