Following the case of a Muslim woman who is taking Disneyland to court for not allowing her to wear a hijab in a job which involves public interface a teacher is taking similar action against his school’s education authority after being dismissed for refusing to wear "European" clothing.
Zak Kapolski, or Chief Crazy Hamster as he prefers to be called, claims to be a direct descendent of Chief Crazy Horse, the Sioux leader who was the scourge of the 7th Cavalry in the Native American Wars of the 1870s. For the last 15 years Mr Kapolski has been the intelligent design indoctrinator at the Wounded Knee Elementary School in Denver, Colorado, however, two weeks ago he was sacked for refusing to wear clothes deemed “more fitting to his position as a school teacher” and “more likely to aid survival while waiting for a bus during a Denver winter”. Chief Crazy Hamster is suing his ex-employer for discrimination in the workplace and a failure to respect his human rights.
‘We had some reservations about Zak when he first joined us,’ Said Mrs Kathleen Benteen, headteacher. ‘though he settled in quite quickly. Mind you he was always a bit of a renegade when it came to saluting the flag every morning. Then one day he came to school wearing this ridiculous outfit. Instead of trousers he had on a tiny loincloth and was naked from the waist up apart from red dots painted on his chest and a feathered headdress. We thought at first it was a phase he was going through, like the shining moon before it hides itself from the sky goddess. The main trouble was he was frightening the younger children and was a disruptive influence, amongst the older boys in particular. Many started coming to school in cowboy costumes and, of course, most of their guns were loaded. We had no alternative but to suspend Mr Kapolski from his job, before the PTA did it from a rope.’
Chief Crazy Hamster is prepared to stand and fight for what he believes are his rights. ‘By not allowing me to wear traditional dress at work they have humiliated not just me but the whole of the Sioux nation. Victory will not bring back the buffalo but it will restore my dignity and keep me in firewater for the rest of my days. I’ll be the first Goddam injun to get anything other than Measles from those land grabbing, murdering varmints. Fancy a swig.