French Muslim student banned from school for wearing long black skirt

The Guardian is reporting that a 15-year-old Muslim girl has been banned from class twice in her French school for wearing a long black skirt seen as too openly religious…

The girl was stopped from going to class earlier this month by the headteacher who reportedly felt the long skirt “conspicuously” showed religious affiliation, which is banned in schools by France’s strict secularity laws.

“The girl was not excluded, she was asked to come back with a neutral outfit and it seems her father did not want the student to come back to school,” local education official Patrice Dutot told AFP on Tuesday.

He admitted that the student always removed her veil before entering school premises in the north-eastern town of Charleville-Mezieres, as is specifically stipulated by law…

The student, identified as Sarah by local daily newspaper L’Ardennais, told the paper that her skirt was “nothing special, it’s very simple, there’s nothing conspicuous. There is no religious sign whatsoever”.

But the regional education office hinted in a statement that wearing the skirt could have been part of a concerted “provocation…”

 

It does seem hard to imagine how a long skirt could be worn as a part of concerted “provocation”.

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