Crucifix conflict – UK School Orders Pupil to Remove Her Crucifix

Samantha DevineFor those of you unfamiliar – a crucifix is a cross bearing the corpus or body of Jesus. A cross on the other hand is simply a cross. Not that it’s really important but crucifixes are typically worn by Catholics.

An article in tells of a 13 year old devout Catholic school girl, Samantha Devine, who was told by school teachers to remove her 1/2 inch crucifx with chain because it posed a “safety hazard.”

I wonder what they meant by “safety hazard.” Is it a safety hazard in the same way publishing “offensive” cartoons is a safety hazard?

Now a school bans 13-year-old from wearing crucifix

A school provoked fury last night by ordering a devout Catholic schoolgirl to remove her cross necklace because it posed a health and safety risk.

Teachers demanded Samantha Devine remove her chain and tiny crucifix despite allowing Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear symbols of their religion.

Her family have vowed to fight the decision “all the way” claiming it discriminates against Christians.

The case mirrors the row which engulfed British Airways and forced the airline into an embarrassing climbdown after it threatened to sack an employee who insisted on wearing her cross at work.

In the latest clash, 13-year-old Samantha was left in tears after her form teacher told her she must remove her tiny half-inch crucifix and chain.

But her furious family yesterday pointed out the school – Robert Napier in Gillingham, Kent – allows Muslim pupils to wear headscarves and Sikh students to come to lessons with turbans and bangles.

Samantha even claims staff routinely fail to crack down on youngsters wearing non-religious jewellery, including large necklaces and earrings.

Her parents are concerned she is being singled out because she is a Christian. The youngster last night vowed to continue wearing her necklace to school – even if it means being expelled.

You can read more here.


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