French Muslim girl banned from school for wearing long skirt

2015-05-01 07:02:44 | Al Muslim News
French Muslim girl banned from school for wearing long skirt

 

A 15-year-old French Muslim girl has been banned from classroom earlier this month because the head teacher considered her long skirt, seen as too openly religious for secular France, in a case that has sparked an outcry.
The controversial incident happened in the northeastern French town of Charleville-Mezieres. A Muslim schoolgirl was stopped from going to class earlier this month by the head teacher who reportedly felt the long skirt “conspicuously†showed religious affiliation, which is banned in schools by France’s strict secularity laws.
Despite she removes to her hijab to entering school, which is compulsory for Muslim girls to remove their headscarf to enter the schools.
The school girl, identified as Sarah, was among a group of at least five girls who arrived at the Leo Lagrange School in recent weeks with long skirts — and Islamic headscarves, hijab which they removed before entering school, the Academy Services said.
The Muslim students were asked to change into "neutral clothing" before coming to class. Sarah complied, then stopped coming to class, the Academy Services said.
Sarah said that her skirt was “nothing special, it’s very simple, there’s nothing conspicuous. There is no religious sign whatsoeverâ€.
Her story was trending on Twitter in France with the hash tag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux, translated into English as “I wear my skirt as I pleaseâ€.
“If it’s worn by a ‘white’ person, it’s hippy chic, if it’s a Muslim, it becomes conspicuous,†one user tweeted.
Some people are disappointed with the current developments and blame the authorities for religious discrimination.
According to the 2004 law that governs secularity in schools, veils, the Jewish kippa or large Christian crosses are banned in educational establishments, but “discreet religious signs†are permissible.
School officials say the skirt itself was not the issue. But the regional education office hinted in a statement that wearing the skirt could have been part of a concerted “provocation.â€
"It is not the long skirt that is the problem," Patrice Dutot, inspector of the Ardennes Academy which oversees schools in the area, said. The issue is that the girls "had agreed to wear the same skirts .... to display their belonging" to a religious group.
This incident caused a massive public protest in social media – especially on Twitter where hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux (#I wear my skirt as I like in English) became a movement.
Another user wrote:
First, it was the scarf. Now, it's the skirt. I'm not sure how low #France will go with racism against Muslims.

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