School Sends Girl Home Because Her Skirt Is Too ... Long?!

long skirtI honestly thought this story was a joke the first time I read it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not shocked that a high school sent a student home because of what she was wearing. No surprise there. 

I am however surprised that a teen got sent home from school for wearing a skirt that was too ... long.

See, sounds like it must be some kinda joke, right?

But noooo. Not a joke. And the reason why Edmond-Rostand secondary school near Paris sent the girl, named Khadija, home for wearing a long skirt is even more bizarre/invasive/censorous than the reasons school usually give for sending girls home because of their attire ...

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Apparently back in 2004, a law was passed banning "religious symbols" in schools. (Um ... that's creepy, but more on that in a minute.)

According to the school, Khadija's skirt "conveyed religious values."

"She takes her veil off before entering the school, but it’s our role to make comments to pupils who wear provocative clothes. We do the same with a girl who comes to school with a bare belly," said an "unnamed official."

According to Khadija, "It was a beautiful day, I wore a long skirt ... the headmistress told me I was being provocative and sent me home."

"Other students come dressed up as hippies or goths and nobody says anything ... but I’m not even allowed to wear a gypsy skirt."

There's so much wrong with this situation, I don't even know where to start. First of all, I think school dress codes are starting to get out of control -- mostly because, as in this case, they're too often arbitrarily enforced.

Second of all, religious symbols are BANNED in school? I'm guessing this is some sort of backwards attempt at political correctness:

We don't want to offend anyone, so we'll just ban everybody from talking about anything somebody else might disagree with or something. There now, that's solved.

Meanwhile, this poor kid gets a double dose of unfair treatment. If she were my daughter, I think I'd send her to school the next day dressed like a nun, just to make a point.

Do you think high schools have a right to ban religious symbols?

 

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