School Board Member Disagrees with Decision to Allow Headscarf

January 18, 2005

Source: Chattanoogan

On January 18, 2005 the Chattanoogan reported, "county School Board member Rhonda Thurman said it was the wrong decision to allow a Muslim student at East Ridge High School to wear her Islamic head scarf, or hijab, in school. Ms. Thurman said Board Chairman Chip Baker has agreed that the board can discuss the issue at its meeting on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Tyner Academy. Ms. Thurman said, 'This was a policy decision that the school board needed to discuss. I am not happy with the decision made by the administration'... The school's decision to allow the head scarf came after intervention by a Muslim civil rights group based in Washington, D.C., and after school officials conferred with legal counsel... The girl said she converted to the Muslim faith about a year ago after studying the Koran."