Ola Salem says it was her refusal to take off her head scarf that sparked Tuesday's fracas at Playland Amusement Park.
"I started the whole thing," the 17-year-old Brooklyn resident said today.
Her father and 14 other people were arrested after tempers flared when Salem, a Muslim, was told by a ride attendant she would have to remove her "headgear" — her hijab — if she wanted to get on the ride.
"This has nothing to do with headgear," Salem recalled saying to the ride attendant. "This is my religion."