Boy barred from school’s Christmas party for no belief in godDecember 22nd, 2007 - 6:30 pm ICT by admin
London, Dec 22(ANI): A school barred one of their students from attending Christmas celebrations, because he did not believe in god.
Douglas Stewart was asked to stay back at home while his classmates had a Christmas party at school, as his mother Dawn Riddell had withdrawn him from religious education classes at Cluny Primary School, in Buckie, Banffshire.
Riddell was informed by the head teacher, Ian Davidson that since her son had no interest in religion, he could not be a part of the Christmas celebrations.
Riddle said that the ban didnt make any sense to her.
“I’ve helped out at the Christmas party before and it’s got absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. It’s all about the kids getting excited about Santa and enjoying themselves, the Scotsman quoted her, as saying
“Douglas was heartbroken that he couldn’t go. It was cruel. There was no reason for him to be excluded,” she added.
Riddle said that her family has no religious beliefs, so she decided to withdraw her children from religious and moral education classes when they were teaching bible stories.
The head teacher had informed Riddle that her son would be exempted from the fun activities also, when she had written to school asking for the boy to be exempted from the lessons.
Douglas was even not allowed to attend the end-of-term party.
Douglas had come home to get changed for the party. No one had said anything to him, so as far as he knew he was going, she said.
“He was really upset when I told him he couldn’t go back to school. He just lay on the rug and cried. It was such a shame, but there was nothing I could do,” she added.
Douglas said that he was also left puzzled over his exclusion from the celebrations.
“People put up Christmas trees at Christmas. They’re not religious, so why would a party be religious?” said Douglas. (ANI)
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