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A Decision This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

   "You won't be cutting your hair," my dad said.It was an honest reply to the question I had just asked.

"Why not? Ican't make friends, I am teased, and sports are hard for me. Is this all worthit?" I asked him.

"The answer is no. I did not come to thiscountry to see my kids give up their religion. What about all the other kids whohave the turban?"

Such ignorance! What on earth was he talking about?If there were other kids around with turbans, I wouldn't be in such a bind. Itwas too hard to digest; I was only 14 at the time.

"Do you want tosee your kid grow up depressed, never making friends or joining sports all forthe stupid religion you're forcing me to practice?" I was now over the edge.

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