A 12-year-old girl was looking forward to going to the same school as her three older sisters. The sisters had never had a problem with wearing their hijab.
One day, the young girl was told that it was not acceptable to wear her hijab at school because they believed it made communication and learning difficult.
This not only affected her, but about 60 other students at her school who were Muslim and also wore a hijab.
Justice Silber ruled against the student stating that for the reasons of safety, communication, classroom management and uniform policy were his main reasons for his decision. He stressed that he was looking at this as one particular case.
The 12-year-old student that was so looking forward to going to the same school as her older sisters was now forced to attend under different policies, which now affect her cultural and religious freedom.
As much as Justice Silber wanted to look at this as an isolated case, with more Muslims standing up for their rights, other schools will have to face this same issue and will then turn to this case as a corner stone of their argument.
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