Citadel announces decision on hijab request from prospective cadet

Citadel announces decision on hijab request from prospective cadet
The Citadel -- the one that didn't cave. (Image: Joseph Sohm, Shutterstock)

[Ed. – But never fear.  There’s an update.]

The Citadel military school in South Carolina has denied a request by a newly admitted student to wear a traditional Muslim headscarf.

The Citadel said last month it was considering the woman’s request to wear the head covering known as a hijab. But college president retired Lt. Gen John Rosa said in a statement Tuesday that after considerable review, the college has denied the request.

He said the cadet system is based on a common uniform and standardization of cadets in appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the military system. …

[ABC added an update later in the morning. – Ed.]

Ibrahim Hooper with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said he spoke with the family Tuesday morning after Citadel officials called to tell the woman she could not wear a hijab. …

Hooper said the woman will not attend the Charleston school this fall unless there is a change. He also said the family is considering legal options.

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