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Pierced Swedish pupil banned from getting a school place

Wednesday, 22 June 2011
A 13-year-old girl was denied space on a private school in �rebro because she had pierced her nose. Now the Swedish Schools Inspectorate is investigating whether the school violated the law.

It was last spring as the principal of the Christian Grenadj�rskolan telephoned the family and told them that they had an empty place. But when it came the time to sign the papers, it was suddenly a different tune.

The headmaster explained that parents who had their children at the school agreed to that piercing jewellery was not allowed.
“We wish a neat outline of the school,” says Yvonne Wirhall, principal at Grenadj�rskolan, to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

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She mentions piercings and tattoos as an example to the contrary. Earrings, however, is a welcome feature of the decoration.

“They belong to a more normal jewellery culture,” says Yvonne Wirhall.
The 13-year-old was welcomed to the school on condition that she removed the jewellery from her nose. The girl's relatives reacted to the school's ultimatum and reported it to the Swedish School Board.

The Principal believes that a school must have high standards in medical attire, something the principal thinks is missing in the Swedish school culture.
It is not clear due to privacy issues to determine if the child rejected is not the immigrant community of the Swedish. Some immigrants communities will argue that their culture permit them to decorate themselves this way. But for the Swedes the question will come to be whether such is a way of a dress decoration code.
 
That, the Schools Inspectorate will investigate.
By Scancomark.se Team



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