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Should the Citadel allow a student to wear a hijab?

The Citadel hijab

The Citadel. (wallyg/Flickr)

The Citadel is a military college in South Carolina. And they just denied an admitted student's request to wear her hijab--a headscarf that many Muslim women wear in public--with the school uniform.

Why? Because all cadets must wear a common uniform. Citadel President Lt. Gen John Rosa said:

"Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model."

Rosa also said that he hoped the unidentified student would still choose to attend The Citadel.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., representing the student, says she won't attend if she cannot wear her headscarf. The Council is also considering legal action.

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Should the Citadel allow a student to wear a hijab?

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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