Vegetarian student disqualified from GCSE paper for ‘obscene racial comments’ after she criticised halal meat

According to the Evening Standard Abigail Ward, 16, a strict vegetarian, wrote during a Religious Studies exam in June that she found the idea of halal meat “absolutely disgusting”.

The exam board OCR later disqualified Miss Ward from the exam, accusing her of making “obscene racial comments”.

The decision was only overturned when her school, Gildredge House in Eastbourne, appealed the decision, insisting Miss Ward had been expressing her distaste for halal butchers and was not making any comment about Muslims.  

Miss Ward’s mother Layla, a 36-year-old nurse, said “Philosophy is all about debating and getting your opinion out. I can’t believe how pathetic it is.”

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