Carrollson High School in Georgia has suspended its football player, Aamir Mohamed, after he allegedly wore a hijab at a basketball game.
Mohamed was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct for wearing the hijab while wearing a hat and jersey at a game between the school’s rival, Hastings High School, and its rival, Carrollton High.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Mohamed told a local news station that he was protesting the police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri, after a black man was shot and killed by police.
The school’s administration had initially told The Journal Constitution that the player was wearing a head covering, but the school later clarified that he had not worn the head covering.
Carrollton’s athletic director said the suspension will be temporary.
“Our goal is to create a safe and positive environment where students feel comfortable, free from discrimination and harassment and where they can learn and grow,” Carrollton Athletic Director Joe Stanczyk said in a statement.
“We are working closely with law enforcement to make sure the safety of our students and our community is protected.
We are disappointed by this situation and we will work to make it right.”
The school suspended Mohamed for the remainder of the season.
According, the Carrollton Daily Sentinel reported that Mohamed was escorted off the court and escorted from the building by the school, which was not immediately clear.
The newspaper reported that Carrollton Police Chief David Smith said that Mohamed is a “young man with a history of violence” and that he “has been known to throw punches and engage in confrontations with police.”
The Atlanta School District said in its statement that it has received “multiple complaints about Aamil” from parents and students, and the school has taken a “zero tolerance” approach to such behavior.
The Carrollton student-athlete, who has yet to be identified, has been suspended indefinitely and will not be allowed to play football again.