A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida tried to get another student expelled Thursday, which was World Hijab Day, after the second student refused to wear a hijab.
The instigator, whose name was initially withheld, said that she invited fellow student Kathy Zhu to try on a hijab, reported Twitchy. After Zhu declined her offer, the Muslim student, since identified by Zhu to The Daily Caller News Foundation as UCF health sciences student Rayyan Sukkarieh, took to Twitter, posting “let’s get this girl expelled.”
Zhu showed pictures on Twitter of the UCF World Hijab Day booth, which displayed Sukkarieh, as well as signs reading “free headscarfs” and “my hijab is a symbol of understanding.”
“I’m in the back of the first pic,” said Sukkarieh on Twitter, noting she invited Zhu to try on a hijab. “You didn’t take the time to even ask questions or try to understand what Hijab is. That’s ignorant of you. You literally sprinted after taking the photos. Pathetic.”
“TWITTER DO YOUR THING,” continued the Muslim student. “Let’s get this girl expelled….Ignorance will not be tolerated at my campus.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 2, 2018
In a video after the incident, Zhu explained that she could take a photo of Sukkarieh and her booth because UCF is a public campus.
In this video, I’m explaining exactly what happened today in relation to the “try on a hijab” booth. pic.twitter.com/9EOLK33eUV
— Kathy Zhu (@PoliticalKathy) February 2, 2018
“The University of Central Florida has received a number of emailed complaints suggesting that disciplinary action be taken against students involved in a disagreement being played out via social media,” said Mark Schlueb, a spokesman for the school. “Upon review, neither student’s actions as reported to the university violate our Rules of Conduct.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Muslim student for comment, but received none in time for press.
This report, by Rob Shimshock, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.