Ohio High School Invites All Female Students to Wear Islamic Head Covering – Then Cancels After Backlash

An initiative that encouraged female high school students to voluntarily wear a hijab — an Islamic head covering — during the school day on April 23, has been canceled following intense controversy, with the school’s principal issuing an apology to parents.

Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart of Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, officially announced the cancellation of the “Covered Girl Challenge” in an email that she sent to parents on Thursday night, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The initiative, organized by the Muslim Student Association, sparked backlash after a previous email was sent by school officials on Thursday morning that appeared to endorse the effort, leading McCarty-Stewart to later apologize to the community…

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