Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus student Nasihah Thompson-King was asked to leave a playoff basketball game after the referee of the game noticed her playing while wearing a headscarf.
Thompson-King claims she was “embarrassed”, mentioning she has never dealt with this problem in any games she’s played in previously. According to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the league policy states that approval must be given before the game if any player chooses to wear a headscarf for religious or medical reasons.
Thompson-King’s coach failed to fill out the form for the playoff game, resulting in Thompson-King’s ejection. However, the form has been competed for tonight’s game in which Thompson-King will be able to participate.
Mastery Charter Schools is looking to have the policy changed.