British girl banned from wearing cross at school 


LONDON - A British schoolgirl has been barred from wearing a crucifix necklace in class, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.  

Samantha Devine, a 13-year-old Roman Catholic, was told by teachers in Gillingham, south-east England, that it breached health and safety rules, the paper added. 

Her family reportedly says it will fight the decision and has accused the school of discriminating against Christians because Sikh and Muslim pupils can wear religious symbols. 

The case echoes that of British Airways employee Nadia Eweida, who was suspended in October for failing to remove her necklace or hide it under clothing in accordance with company policy. 

The girl has pledged to keep wearing the cross when school restarts next week after the Christmas holiday. “I am proud of my religion and it is my right to wear a cross around my neck. 

“I can’t understand why the school thinks a tiny crucifix on a thin silver necklace is a health and safety hazard,” she told the Mail.

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