A British school plans to take legal action against the family of a Muslim student after they refused to send the girl to school with a shorter skirt. Apparently, Uxbridge High School told the 12-year-old Siham Hamud that her ankle-length skirt is breaking the school uniform rules because it’s ‘too long’.
The girl’s father said that Siham was sent home from school to change every day in December, and was told to come back with the correct uniform. She refused to on the basis of her religious beliefs.
As it turns out, the school mandates that girls wear black pleated skirt from official suppliers or black trousers. The family says that the uniform skirt falls above the knee, which goes against their religious beliefs.
The school sent a letter to the family in which it said:
“Siham’s absence is being recorded as unauthorized. Unauthorized absence may result in a fine being issued, or legal action being taken against the adults who have parental responsibility or day-to-day care of your child. Legal action can be in the form of a penalty notice or a summons to the magistrates’ court.”
The family has refused to budge and says that the policy oversteps their rights to freedom of religion.
Hamud, the girl’s father, said that his daughter is being denied an education because of her religious beliefs, and he doesn’t know why the school has such a problem with it.
According to the father, Siham normally likes school, but the dispute started to affect her experience and education.
The freedom to openly practice religion and wear chosen clothing is protected by law in the UK. However, many schools have found themselves embroiled in controversies when the freedom to practice religion clashes with uniform rules.
The school’s principal, Nigel Clemens, has since said that the matter is currently subject to examination through the formal school policy and therefore would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.
Source: Daily Mail