A controversial event organized by The Muslim Student Association has been canceled after the school received numerous complaints.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mason High School in Ohio was originally scheduled to hold an event asking female students 'celebrate diversity' by wearing the Islamic headcovering called the hijab.
An email sent by school officials seemingly endorsing the event lead to the cancellation.
The original email said, “Mason High School is blessed to have a unique and diverse student body. In order celebrate this diversity and promote open mindedness, the Muslim Student Association is inviting all female students to participate in “A Covered Girl Challenge” which will allow students to wear a headscarf for the whole school day. Afterwards, there will be a discussion (open for all students, male & female) held in Z223 to share experiences and reflections.”
Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart apologized to the community.
“This communication should not have come from our Student Activities Department because this was a student-led initiative, rather than a school-sponsored activity. We will put procedures into place in the future that ensure that any communication from a school email is for a school-sponsored event, and not merely supported by a student-run group,” she said.
The letter went on to say, “As the event spread beyond our school community, however, we received many strong messages that made me reconsider the event’s ability to meet its objectives. I now realize that as adults we should have given our students better guidance. After much consideration and after talking with the student event organizers, we have cancelled the event.”