Arizona School Requires Female Students to Wear Hijab for One Month-Fiction!

Arizona School Requires Female Students to Wear Hijab for One Month-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:
An Arizona high school is requiring all students to wear hijab for one month after a Muslim student was bullied.
The Truth:
A fake news website is behind this false report.
A story published by National Report spread the rumor that a high school in Tempe, Arizona, had required all female students to wear traditional Muslim dress after a student was bullied there:

A high school in Tempe, Arizona is forcing all of their female students to wear hijabs — traditional Muslim headwear for women — for one full month, after the parents of a bullied 10th grade student complained to the Tempe School Board last week.

From March 2nd through April 3rd, all female students will be required to wear the headscarves, regardless of their personal views on religion. District officials say the female students will each be given a hijab, as well as pamphlets on bullying and bigotry. Those students who choose not to wear the Muslim garb will face detention or even suspension.

The decision came after a 10th grade student was cornered in the girls’ locker room by five other students, none of whom have yet been identified by the school district. The school’s principal alleges that those female students stole the girl’s hijab, verbally assaulted her with racial epithets, and physically pinned her against a locker while one student wiped her backside with the hijab, before physically forcing her to wear it again.

The story was shared more than 8,000 times and sparked many to comments that the school’s decision was a way to “indoctrinate” the youth:

I certainly agree that was an awful thing to do to the Muslim student. But these students (not the whole school, as mentioned) should be punished for this bullying but in no way should all the girl students have to wear scarves like a Muslim, which is entirely wrong. Where has the common sense gone from the schools, government, etc. Things such as this are getting to be more and more of a battle. Maybe all girl students should carry a Bible to school along with wearing the scarves to get the message across.

But National Report isn’t a trustworthy news source, according to its disclaimer:

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