A Derby mum says a school has treated her non-Muslim son unfairly by not allowing him a day off to celebrate the Islamic festival Eid ul-Adha with his schoolmates.
Pupils at Arboretum Primary School, where 17% are non-Muslims, were asked to fill in forms if they needed to take the day off today so that it could be classed as authorised absence on religious grounds.Yeeees, I think the key words there are ‘on religious grounds’, not ‘on the grounds that he’d quite like a day off with all the other kids’…
Parent Emma King said permission for her son Aijae, five, to take the day off to celebrate with his Muslim friends and Muslim uncle was refused.
She said: "I have many Muslim friends and am quite happy for my son to take part in Muslim culture at school. He even eats halal meat.
"But for some reason he isn't being allowed to take the day off. I think this is very unfair when the majority of the school will get the day off.
"I was told that if I keep him away from school, then Aijae will be classed as a truant because it will be unauthorised."Well, yes. Those are the rules. Abide by them, or take your brat elsewhere.
She said: "Last year, there were just two other children in his class for lessons during the Eid celebration day off.
"My son does not follow a set religion. He is multi- religious and takes into account everybody's beliefs and I believe it's his right to decide when he grows up which religion, if any, he follows. My son takes part in all Islamic subjects at school.
"I will not be sending him to school today anyway because it won't be worth it and we can visit my Muslim friends to celebrate with them."Well, love, aren’t you planning to ask for Hanukkah and Diwali off too? I mean, since he’s ‘multi-religious’…*rolls eyes*
Head teacher Andrea Cruickshank confirmed that she had refused permission for Aijae to miss school.
She said: "This is a holiday that can only be authorised on religious grounds. Despite what she is saying, Mrs King ticked 'Christian' on the form when he first applied to come to the school.
"Other non-Muslims will come into school, such as Sikhs, and probably some Muslims who don't want to miss lessons."Unless someone, somewhere sees some mileage in giving in to this scatty cow, of course. Then everyone will be trying it on!
Mrs King denied that she indicated "Christian" on the form and insists she ticked "non-religious" instead.Perhaps you’re just thick, love? Maybe you missed too much school as a kid?