London, Oct 4: Two 14-year-old Muslim boys have been reportedly barred from attending their classes at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic high school in Accrington, Lancashire because they did not shave their beards.
The headteacher, Xavier Bowers said that it was not a matter of one’s religion but of dress code adding that the decision wasn’t taken lightly and he had researched about the issue and spoke to Muslim elders.
He said that there is nothing specifically written in the Qur’an about wearing a beard and it is a choice that the two students are making, the Guardian reports.
However, a relative of one of the barred student said that it was ‘pure discrimination’ and just because the boys cannot shave their beards for religious reasons, they were being put in isolation for six-and-a-half hours everyday.
Bowers said that the clean shaven rule had been in place for some time but the two boys had been allowed to keep their beards last year as their exams approached and the school did not want to place them under ‘unfair pressure’.
According to the report, in January the school was admonished by a local Conservative councilor after school staff including the headmaster posted a spoof version of themselves dancing to the hit Korean pop song Gangnam Style. (ANI)