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School Threatens To Sue Muslim Girl's Parents For Refusing To Send Her To School In Short Skirt

School Threatens To Sue Muslim Girl's Parents For Refusing To Send Her To School In Short Skirt

"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," said the girl's father.

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12-year-old Siham Hamud has been wearing ankle-length skirts to school for as long as she can remember, but suddenly they've become against the law, according to Daily Mail. In December last year, educators at the school informed Hamud that her skirt was against the alleged dress code the school follows. Now, she says she feels 'bullied' by the school due to her religious beliefs. 55-year-old Idris Hamud said his daughter was sent back home almost every day in December to go change, but she refused to do so. The rules at Uxbridge High School in Hillingdon, Middlesex, state that girls should wear black trousers or a black pleated skirt from official uniform suppliers.



 

However, the Hamud family claims that the skirts fall above the knee, and Idris, a father-of-eight, claims that both options go against their religious beliefs, as the branch of Islam they follow believes women should only wear long skirts. Unfortunately, the school has threatened Idris and his wife Salma Yusuf, 44, to court over Siham's alleged absences due to the issue caused by the uniform. The school is said to have sent a letter to the unsuspecting parents. It said: "Siham's absence is being recorded as unauthorized. Unauthorized 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." Siham, who weighed in on the issue, says she feels bullied. "It feels like bullying because of what I believe. I think they should just let me wear my school uniform to school. I like school normally, and English, drama and RE are my favorite lessons but I couldn't attend. I find it annoying because I've missed a month of school, so I have to catch up a lot. I wish I could just have gone to school as normal. It makes me feel left out because I can't see my friends either."



 

"They aren't accepting me for my religion and that's wrong. 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." Dad Idris, who is a PE instructor, added: "My daughter is being denied an education because of her religious beliefs. All Siham wants to do is to wear a skirt which is a few centimeters 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 new rule stating shorter skirts are mandatory were set in place about two years ago, but they were unaware of it until Siham was pulled up for it on the first of December last year. It must be mentioned that there was no issue when older sisters Sumayyah, 19, and Ilham, 17, both wore longer skirts to school. Siham is now studying from home due to the pandemic restrictions, but Idris thinks the issue will arise again when she goes back to class. He said the issue is due to be discussed on a complaints panel with the school governors later this month.



 

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