by Clea Caulcutt (firstname.lastname@example.org), The Local: http://www.thelocal.fr
A secondary school student near Paris was accused of wearing provocative clothing and sent back home. The school thought her skirt was too long, and conveyed religious values.
"Other students come dressed up as hippies or goths and nobody says anything," the girl, Khadija, told the French daily Le Parisien, "but I’m not even allowed to wear a gypsy skirt."
"If I had come to school wearing a veil I would have understood their reaction," says Khadija, who is a student at the Edmond-Rostand secondary school at Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône near Paris.
On Monday, Khadija was sent home from school for wearing a long skirt that, according to the school, conveyed religious values.
"It was a beautiful day, I wore a long skirt," says Khadija, "the headmistress told me I was being provocative and sent me home."
An official belonging to the local academic authority however denies Khadija was expelled from the school and says the skirt had only been "commented on".
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