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Headscarf causes controversy at basketball game
by Karen Gardner
A Smithsburg girl who plays basketball for a middle-school age basketball league had to sit out the first half of a basketball game in Mount Airy on Saturday because a game official thought her headscarf was a potential safety risk.
The girl returned to the game for the second half of the game after officials decided that as long as the parents bore the responsibility for any safety risk, she could wear the headscarf, known as a hijab, in the game.
Many Muslim girls and women wear headscarves as a mark of modesty.
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