Texas School Apologizes for Hijab Flap

Aphelandra Messer

A Texas school district apologized following a reported incident where an administrator incorrectly told female Muslim students they must obtain permission from an imam to wear hijabs in school. Apparently, this was incorrect information.

Over the weekend, at least one student at the Houston-area Bush High School in Richmond tweeted to say an assistant principal said a letter or email was required from an imam for a Muslim girl to wear the traditional headscarf on campus. In the tweet, the student stated that school officials “didn’t want girls who aren’t Muslim to cover their heads so they are trying to make hijabis carry notes,” according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Fort Bend Independent School District released a statement this week indicating that Bush High School students were given “misinformation” about needing documentation to be able to wear the religious Muslim headscarf in school.

Fort Bend ISD released a statement to clear up the matter, saying: “We apologize for sharing misinformation on the requirement to have documentation in order to wear a headscarf at Bush High School. Documentation is not required to wear a headscarf for religious beliefs at Bush High School,” according to the Dallas newspaper.

The district also stated: “In Fort Bend ISD we celebrate our diversity and the rich traditions of our students’ religious beliefs. We appreciate our students bringing this issue forward, as it will allow us to have deep and meaningful conversations on religious expression and the overall climate on our campuses. When students feel safe and welcome in our schools we know they will learn and engage on a deeper level and reach their full potential.”

On Sunday, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre followed up on the matter, tweeting an apology for the misinformation on headscarves purportedly shared at the high school. He said, “Documentation is not required to wear one for religious beliefs.”

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