UK Greek School Sued Over Headscarf Ban

muslim-girlsThe parents of a nine-year-old Muslim girl are suing St. Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy in Thornton Heath, the United Kingdom, for banning their daughter from wearing a headscarf.

They want a court to force the school to to reverse its policy. Teacher Kate Magliocco said that the parents were totally aware of the uniform policy when the girl arrived for class and that it wasn’t until two years later that they told her to start wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women which represents the Islamic principle of modesty.

Magliocco said, “They believe that, because she is nine, she has reached puberty and it would be a sin for her not to be covered because the school has male teachers. We are the only Greek Orthodox Primary School in the whole country. The parents actively sought our school. They must have done so with their eyes open.”

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain said it would not be “appropriate” to comment.

(Source: Croydon Today)