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Muslim headwear stirs complaint at Northwest Indiana charter school
by Carole Carlson
The parents of a Muslim student say their daughter was discriminated against when a teacher sent her to the office for wearing traditional Muslim headwear called a hijab, but officials at her Hammond, Ind., school say the teacher was only following school policy regarding hats and head coverings.
Attia Gray, 15, a sophomore at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, said her teacher looked at her hijab on Tuesday and told her she couldn't wear it. "I said I can't take it off, it's for religious purposes. She sent me down to the office."
Principal Sean Egan said Attia had not worn a head covering all year so the teacher sent her to the office for clarification on the school policy.
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