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Court rules against headscarf ban in Swiss school

Hopefully the article below serves as a sign of progress in Europe.

Court rules against headscarf ban in Swiss school

NZZ am Sonntag reports that the Administrative Court in the Swiss canton of Thurgau recently lifted a headscarf ban imposed by a school in Bürglen.

In the spring of 2011 the school issued written reprimands to two 14-year-old Muslim students of Albanian heritage and threatened to exclude them from attending classes because they wore headscarves, which it was claimed breached the school’s dress code. Later that year the students’ appeal against the decision was rejected by the Thurgau department of education, on the grounds that the headscarf was the kind of clothing that was likely to cause unrest in a group.

This contradicted a general recommendation from the department to the canton’s schools two years earlier, which stated: “A headscarf worn by a student does not disturb the class. There is therefore no reason to prohibit this.” The students’ lawyer argues that there is no evidence that they disrupted the class in any way, and that a number of their fellow students have in fact expressed support for their right to wear the headscarf.

In upholding the students’ appeal against the ban the Administrative Court found that there was not a sufficient legal basis for a prohibition of the headscarf and that the school’s action was disproportionate. The Bürglen school states that it will take the case to the Federal Court. In the meantime the two students continue to wear their headscarves.

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  • sir David (aged 13 3/4)

    “the headscarf was the kind of clothing that was likely to cause unrest in a group”

    er how ?
    What other clothing would cause unrest ?

    Very odd ideas.

    Sir David

  • mjasghar

    Dear oh dear all that nazi gold and embezzled 3rd world government and aid money must be affecting the water in Switzerland
    Sounds like a vocal right wing group in the schools governors

  • Anti Loon

    Mindy1 When your heart is veiled by hatred it disturbs a lot

  • Chameleon

    “the headscarf was the kind of clothing that was likely to cause unrest in a group”

    I would have loved to hear someone trying to make this argument at a formal hearing while trying not to humiliate themselves under cross examination, if that is even possible. The better question is not whether headscarves cause “unrest”, but rather what kind. Responding with hate and bigotry to headscarves is definitely “unrest”, so I would gladly concede this point. However, so is responding with “unrest” in the loins for boys when they look at girls in those private school mini-skirts all day. The moral relativism of loons is most certainly amusing.

  • mindy1

    YAY :D I can’t see how a headscarf could disturb anyone

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