Rye Playland officials defend policy on Muslim head coverings

Residents in Westchester and the Hudson Valley are speaking out today with mixed opinions after 15 Muslim women were prohibited from Rye Playland rides due to their religious head scarves. A small fight broke out after the women, at the park to celebrate the end of Ramadan, were asked to remove their garments in order to preserve ride safety. Police had to restrain four to five of the rioters, and several park rangers were injured in the melee. Park officials say the policy has been in place for years, and bans all types of headgear on certain rides. "You have a choice," Rye resident Kathy Salom said. "You can remove your head scarf and go on the ride, or leave it on and show your respect to your religion and not go on the ride."Others say the rule goes too far. Park security called for police backup after the argument escalated. The extra officers arrived in full riot gear.Playland riot breaks out over Muslim head coverings

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