Famed South Carolina public military college the Citadel is considering a request from an admitted student that she be allowed to wear a hijab in keeping with her Muslim faith, a move that would be an unprecedented exception to the school’s longstanding uniform requirements. Students at the Citadel are required to be in uniform at nearly all times, and a spokesperson for the college said that to her knowledge the school had never in its nearly 175-year history granted any accommodation that resulted in a change to the uniform.
Students, alumni and others responded strongly over social media to the news, mostly in outrage at the possibility of a student being granted an exception at an institution where absolute loyalty to the corps and sacrifice of one’s individual preferences are expected. Some commenters expressed further displeasure that the first exception in the school’s history could be for a Muslim student. Others countered that the girl was being forced to choose between her school and her religion, and that acceptance could prove a powerful symbol in the midst of a national discussion on Islam.
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