German school suspends students for wearing veil

A high school in the German city of Bonn has suspended two Muslim girls for wearing a burka, an all-enveloping cloak worn by women in central and south Asia. The two teenagers who returned to school following the Easter holidays dressed in burkas were considered to have disturbed the peaceful running of the school and were handed initial suspensions of two weeks, a school official said.

August Gmünd from the local government, which supports the suspension, said the action had caused disruption throughout the school.  “A heated discussion broke out in the school the instant the two girls turned up, not just amongst the kids, but also the teachers,” said Gmünd. “It was just impossible to maintain a controlled environment in the school.”

Deutsche Welle, 29 April 2006