Mason High School in southwest Ohio scheduled the event for April 23, but in response to a storm of protest, it fizzled out and died before it got off the ground, according to Cincinnati.com.
The idea was to give female students the option of wearing a hijab for the day, then set aside some time for discussion and reflection.
The event was sponsored by MHS’ Muslim Student Association, but an email promoting it came from MHS’ Student Activities Department. In her letter, McCarty-Stewart said that should not have happened.
The event was student-led rather than school-sponsored, she said, adding that MHS will put policies in place to ensure further communication from the school email account is limited to school-sponsored events.
But as word spread throughout the community, backlash to the event grew.
“My belief is wearing these hijabs represents the oppression of women and Sharia law,” former school board candidate Sharon Poe said.