Monday, 15 January 2007

School bans crucifix

Devout Roman Catholic pupil Samantha Devine, 13, was humiliated in front of her classmates after being forced to remove a small crucifix and chain from her neck.

Staff at the non-denominational Robert Napier School said they girl had been asked to take it off on health and safety grounds, The Daily Express reported.

The school said it did not allow jewellery to be worn by any pupils in years seven to10.

But Samantha said she was “proud of her religion” and vowed to keep wearing it even if it meant getting suspended or expelled. Good on her.

Even though Catholics are not required to wear a crucifix and chain, many do as an expression of their faith. To prevent her from wearing it on health and safety grounds is just a ridiculous excuse behind a more sinister intention, to stamp out religious expression.

The only two situations where wearing the necklace could possibly be a safety issue is during a Design and Technology lesson when bending down to use a sewing machine or during a PE lesson. In which case, to take it off and put it in the pocket for the lesson may be acceptable.

Not only is the banning of the cross “political correctness gone mad”, it’s also a direct attack on Christianity. Samantha’s dad, Danny, hit the nail on the head when he told the Express that people are scared to say anything against other faiths “because they don’t want to be accused of discrimination. But it’s acceptable to discriminate against Catholics. We are British and should be allowed to wear it in our own country.”

Hats off to Samantha and her family.


Mark said...

I side with you completely, Richard. It angers me that they use Health and Safety as an excuse for a thinly veiled attack.

Fr Julian Green said...

I just wish the young lady in question would go to Mass. She said to one reporter (might have been the BBC online) that for some people being Catholic involved going to Church, but for her it was more important to wear her cross. :S