The Citadel considers exception to allow Muslim headscarf

Citadel cadet Daniel Kim, a junior from Fairfax, V.A., does disciplinarian push-ups during practice for the schools weekly parade on the grounds of Summerall Field on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, April 16, 2015. The Citadel's parade is usually every Friday at 3:45 and is free to attend and open to the public. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The Citadel is considering a request from a new student that the military school’s longstanding uniform requirements be tweaked to allow her to wear a traditional Muslim headscarf.

Citadel spokeswoman Kim Keelor said Friday that an incoming freshman who’s been accepted for this year’s term has asked to be allowed to wear a head covering.

Keelor says as far as she knows, it’s the first time such a request has been made, though the school has had a number of other Muslim students. Keelor said a decision could be made in the next couple of weeks. She did not release the student’s name. Citadel students are required to wear the uniforms at nearly all times.

The request was first reported by The Washington Post.

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