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Head: ‘schoolgirl rioters threatened to kill me’

The headmistress of a girls’ school where riots erupted has told of how she was attacked.

Head: ‘schoolgirl rioters threatened to kill me’
DRAMA SCHOOL: Around 500 schoolgirls rioted when mobile phones, makeup and perfume were confiscated.

The headmistress of a Saudi girls’ school where riots erupted on Monday has told reporters how she was attacked, and how one pupil threatened to kill her.

Hasna Al-Ghafari, headmistress of the 17th Intermediate Girls’ School in Makkah, told the Saudi Gazette she had “shoes and books” thrown at her and that one girl openly threatened to kill her during the chaos that erupted following the completion of end-of-term examinations.

“I was viciously attacked by 500 pupils because I’d done searches during which I confiscated mobile telephone-cameras and a locked mobile phone suspected of containing illicit recordings and images,” Al-Ghafari said.

“A pupil told me that a group was swapping obscene video recordings via their seven mobiles. I also found make-up materials and perfume,” Al-Ghafari added, according to the newspaper.

The headmistress first heard shouts and screams as pupils left the examination hall, the paper said.

“They were refusing to be searched and they went to the home economics classroom and starting smashing it up. They also completely destroyed the kitchen. When I went to see what was going on they started attacking me, throwing shoes, books and pens at me. I was forced to run away and lock myself in my office for protection,” Al-Ghafari said.

Some of the girls questioned by authorities, meanwhile, were said to have laid the blame with the headmistress, claiming that she was “continually horrible to them” by “banning them from using mobile telephones and locking them in classrooms”.

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Pink Floyd 10 years ago

Make-up and perfumes are also not allowed???

Conservative 10 years ago

Make-up materials and perfume for girls... Are they not aware that they are females in Saudi and do not have right for humanly possessions / comfort? Just wondering, how Principal will recognize students, who made such threats, assuming they would all be wearing the Niqāb when rioting