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CAIR-Kansas Welcomes Probe of School Hijab Incident, Requests Policy Changes and Diversity Training

(WASHINGTON, October 22, 2020) — The Kansas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed the statement by the Junction City School District to investigate an incident after an administrator at Junction City High School in Junction City, Kan., allegedly demanded that a female student remove her hijab (Islamic head scarf) during school hours.  

Students subsequently organized a peaceful walk-out in solidarity with their classmate in protest against religious discrimination. 

SEE: Junction City High School students participate in “walk-out”, student discriminated for religion  

https://www.ksnt.com/news/local-news/junction-city-high-school-students-participate-in-walk-out-student-discriminated-for-religion/

JCHS students stage peaceful demonstration 

https://www.wibw.com/2020/10/21/jchs-students-stage-peaceful-demonstration/

“We will closely monitor the investigation, but strongly believe and demand that the Junction City High School and its school district must examine policies to determine if changes must be made to prevent such incidents in the future,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “All district personnel, especially school administrators, should be offered diversity training on the right to religious accommodations for students and staff and the proper way to enforce the district’s policies.” 

Elbayoumy also referred to the fact that studies by several CAIR chapter reported that more than half of American Muslim students experience some form of bullying based on their religious identity.  This is twice the national average for students who report being bullied at school.

SEE: 2017 CAIR-CA Bullying Report

Data show cases of anti-Muslim bullying in schools on the rise

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/anti-muslim-bullying-schools-increase-lawsuit-st-dominics-20180722.html

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization provides “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students. 

SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices  

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/An-Educators-Guide-to-Islamic-Religious-Practices.pdf

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, melbayoumy@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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