West Broward High School girls show support for Muslim teammate

Christy Cabrera Chirinos

HOLLYWOOD — Most of them will never know what it’s like to be taunted for their faith.

They’ll likely never be bullied or physically attacked for what they wear or have racial epithets thrown their way.

But on Thursday afternoon, some members of the West Broward High flag football team took a stand and got a small taste of how difficult life can sometimes be for one of their own.

Before taking the field for their regular-season finale at McArthur High, many of the Bobcats voluntarily donned a hijab, the traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women.

They wore the scarves as a sign of solidarity for their captain, Irum Khan, 17, who wears the hijab and who in middle school and early high school endured far more than the usual pre-teenage taunting.

“Everybody looked at us weird,” West Broward senior Marilyn Solorzano said. “I understand now everything she went through and how hard it must have been. We just wore it for one day, and we noticed the difference. It was hard to keep on. It kept falling and our heads got really hot. You have to give her [credit] for wearing it every day.”

The idea to wear the hijab was over a year in the making, and when news of the players’ plans reached Matt Garris, the West Broward coach was “ecstatic.” [Read more...]

 

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