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Muslim girl banned from school over long skirt

The 15yo was prevented from attending classes because her long, black skirt was considered ‘conspicuously’ religious under France’s strict secular laws

Muslim girl banned from school over long skirt
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A 15-year-old Muslim girl has twice been suspended from school in France for wearing a long black skirt that her teacher viewed as being too religious.

The headmaster of Léo Lagrange high school in the eastern town of Charleville-Mézières said the skirt, common among Muslim women who want to cover up, “conspicuously” showed religious affiliation, AFP reported.

France has strict secular laws that ban outwardly religious symbols such as the Muslim veil, Jewish kippa or large Christian crosses in all educational institutions.

The student, whom local daily L’Ardennais identified as Sarah K, claimed her skirt was “nothing special, it’s very simple, there’s nothing conspicuous. There is no religious sign whatsoever”.

She also said she always removed her veil before entering the school grounds, as demanded by the law.

Local education official Patrice Dutot reportedly denied the girl had been expelled or suspended but was asked to change her clothing.

"She was asked to come back with neutral clothing and it seems her father did not want the pupil to return to school," she was quoted as saying by AFP.

The girl’s story has gone viral on Twitter in France with the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux, which in English means, “I wear my skirt as I please”.

“If it’s worn by a ‘white’ person, it’s hippy chic, if it’s a Muslim, it becomes conspicuous,” one user tweeted.

The Telegraph reported the school’s head teacher offered to meet Sarah K's parents. Although the school still defended its decision, saying it came in the context of "other more visible incidents related to the wearing of headscarves".

According to the CCIF Islamophobia watchdog, about 130 students were rejected from class last year for outfits deemed too openly religious, AFP said.

SELWIN ILANGOVAN 4 years ago

One should know and go with the flow.. I am not specific about religion , culture.. modern and olden.. etc.. when you are living in an environment.. just get along with them.. or change your living environment.. and not to be out-listed from the Environment around you..

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