Muslim mum 'kicked out of school for wearing face veil'

Muslim mother takes legal action after being asked by school to leave through back door for wearing face veil

The woman was told she could not wear a veil (Stock image)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Muslim mother is taking legal action against the school her daughter attends, after she was allegedly kicked out for wearing a veil.

Rachida Serroukh attended an event for parents of children about to start at Holland Park School, London last month, The Guardian reported.

It was at this meeting that the mother was taken aside by a member of staff, where she says she was told the school did not allow face veils.

Serroukh said: "I was already feeling uncomfortable because I had to leave my daughter standing on her own.

"As the teacher was female, I lifted my veil when we were talking together in the room.”

Serroukh knew that another woman had attended several events at the school whilst wearing a veil for five years and so she asked several times for clarification on the school's policy, according to The Express Tribune.

The mother said: “I had had no problem from security at the school gate when I entered the school and nobody there had mentioned a policy. I always lift my veil and show my photo ID when required to do so for security purposes.

“I didn’t want to challenge the teacher until I had seen the policy.”

But the teacher allegedly refused to show Serroukh the policy. Instead, the mother was asked to leave through a back door. She refused and claimed she would leave through the front door and could not leave without collecting her daughter.

She said: “I was very shaken and was in a state of shock about what had happened. I have experienced name-calling in the street from strangers about my veil but nothing like this had ever happened before. When I got home, I just broke down.”

Before this incident the mother said she was already shocked as the headteacher had said Holland Park was secular and didn't have prayer rooms, yet a video had been shown of the school's choir singing at church.

The Department for Education allows schools to decide themselves whether staff or pupils can wear veils, but there is no guidance on what parents should wear.