The Rochester, New York World School of Inquiry hosted a “World Hijab Day” event the week of February 1st which “encouraged girls to wear the Muslim religious head covering.” Shortly thereafter, WSI Principal Sheela Webster “fielded dozens of calls” from parents who were infuriated.
WHEC The event was initiated after tenth grader Eman Muthana — who routinely wears a hijab — wrote a letter to the school concerned about how she and other girls were being viewed. “We wanted them to experience it and feel how we feel,”(oppressed second class citizen?) says Muthana. “I just feel proud that I’m sharing my (7th Century misogynistic) culture.”
Friday, the school set up tables in the cafeteria to allow students to ask questions — and invited girls to try on a hijab. Boys were given carnations to show their support. Eighth grader Kmoo Htoo says, “I wanted to show respect to the culture and I think it’s like really cool to wear.” (Do you think it’s cool to have your genitals mutilated too? Maybe they will have FGM Day next)