A MOTHER kept her daughter off school after refusing to give her permission to take part in a trip to a Liverpool mosque.
Michelle Davis, of Bodiam Court, Ellesmere Port, claimed she was left with no choice but to keep 14-year-old daughter Amy Owen at home yesterday after Ellesmere Port Catholic High School’s headteacher Peter Lee tried to encourage the pupil into participating.
Miss Davies said: “I objected to Amy being made to dress like a Muslim girl, the original letter from the school gave a dress code for the visit, including long skirts, leggings or tights and covering up her head.
“She’s been brought up in the Catholic faith and religion, Amy is not a Muslim and shouldn’t be told to dress like one.”
Despite requesting that any further communication about the proposed Year 9 trip, part of the students’ religious education class, be conducted strictly between her and Mr Lee, Miss Davies was upset to hear that Amy had been pulled out of her lessons and told that the mosque excursion was ‘compulsory’.
In a written statement, Mr Lee refused to comment on the compulsory nature of the trip, but did say: “We are pleased to provide students with an experience of a visit to a mosque and the chance to talk and question a representative of the community which it serves.”
Miss Davies added: “I’m all for her being educated in all areas of religion but she’s not Muslim and she shouldn’t have to dress like one.
“I can guarantee that if there were ten Muslim girls coming to our school it would adhere to what they wanted, because that’s their faith, their religion, their dress code.”