Schools to 'ban' pupils wearing crosses - but jewellery of other faiths allowed
Daily Mail | May 14, 2007
Schools could be forced to ban their pupils from wearing crosses - while allowing them to display symbols of non-Christian religions.
The rules being considered by one education authority would see jewellery forbidden from PE lessons, apart from in "exceptional circumstances".
The sensitivity apparently only extends to symbols from the Hindu, Sikh and Muslim faiths.
A draft document from Croydon Council in South London apparently says exceptions would include the rakhi cotton bracelet worn by Hindus and the kara metal bracelet put on the arms of Sikh children, which cannot be removed.
The taweez lockets worn by some Muslims on a string around the neck, arm or stomach would also be excluded - though these lockets, containing verses from the Koran, are not seen as compulsory in the religion.
But the document makes no mention of exceptional circumstances for crosses, crucifixes or the chastity rings some Christian pupils choose to wear, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
Yesterday, the council said the guidelines were being redrafted after feedback, and had not yet been approved.
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