Zahrah Habibulla: Ridge Community High School student claims harassment for wearing hijab
3:02 PM, Feb 4, 2014
(WESH) A Florida teen says she has been verbally and physically assaulted because she wears a hijab, or head scarf, to school.
Zahrah Habibulla, 14, said she didn't have problems at school with other children until she started wearing her hijab on December 14.
"I've been bullied in school," she said. "I had verbal assaults, physical assaults."
Each time the teen was attacked, she told her mother, who then called the principal of Ridge Community High School.
wesh.com the Polk County School District released the following statement:
"Since learning of these concerns, school officials have taken a proactive role in addressing any issues to ensure the safety and welfare of the student. The School Board remains committed to providing an educational environment that is safe, secure and free from harassment or bullying."
Habibulla told wesh.com she wears the head scarf for religious reasons.