The mother and father of a Muslim girl who was despatched residence from faculty for sporting a skirt that was deemed “too long” are being threatened with legal action.
Siham Hamud, 12, described being bullied for her non secular beliefs after being despatched residence every single day in December from Uxbridge highschool in Hillingdon, Middlesex, and told to solely come again when she wore a shorter skirt.
She had been sporting an ankle-length skirt to highschool for years, however mentioned she was shocked when lecturers final month told her the apparel was incorrect uniform.
The faculty says women ought to put on black trousers or a black pleated skirt from official uniform suppliers.
However, the Siham’s father, Idris Hamud, 55, mentioned brief skirts contravene the household’s non secular beliefs and his daughter had refused to attend faculty. The faculty has now threatened him and his spouse, Salma Yusuf, 44, with legal action over their daughter’s alleged unauthorised absences.
Siham, who is now finding out from residence as a consequence of Covid lockdown restrictions, described feeling bullied for her beliefs.
“It makes me feel left out, because I can’t see my friends. They aren’t accepting me for my religion and that’s wrong,” she mentioned. “I feel confused and annoyed that I can’t wear what I want for my religion. I hope they’ll change their rules so that girls like me wear skirts to school.”
A brand new faculty rule in regards to the size of skirts was launched two years in the past, stating shorter branded skirts needed to be worn.
But the household declare they solely not too long ago grew to become conscious of this transformation, and Siham continued sporting her longer skirt, unaware she was breaking any guidelines, till she was spoken to by lecturers on 1 December.
On that day she was despatched residence to vary, however didn’t return to highschool. The similar factor occurred every day for the three weeks of time period in December, her household mentioned.
Siham’s older sisters, Sumayyah, 19, and Ilham, 17, each wore longer skirts to highschool with out subject.
Hamud, an athletics coach, mentioned his daughter was being denied an schooling due to her non secular beliefs.
“All Siham wants to do is to wear a skirt which is a few centimetres longer than her classmates, and I don’t know why the school has such a problem with this. She is sent home to change into a shorter skirt then return to school later that day – but she isn’t going to change her beliefs in an hour.
“The school is threatening to take legal action against me, but I’m not forcing her to wear a longer skirt – it’s her faith and her decision to make. She used to love school, but now she goes to school crying because of this – it’s heartbreaking.”
The faculty despatched the mother and father a letter on 9 December threatening action.
It mentioned: “Siham’s absence is being recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence may result in a fine being issued, or legal action being taken against the adults who have parental responsibility or day-to-day care of your child.
“Legal action can be in the form of a penalty notice or a summons to the magistrates court.
“I must ask that you support the school and your daughter by ensuring that she attends school in full school uniform with immediate effect.”
The faculty’s principal, Nigel Clemens, mentioned: “This matter is currently subject to examination through the formal school complaints policy. It would therefore not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”