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Outrage as school allows Muslim pupils to walk out of assembly during national anthem

A ROW has erupted after a school allowed Muslim students to leave an assembly as fellow pupils sang the national anthem.

Cheryl Irving allowed the 30-strong group of Shia muslim students to walk out of the gathering saying it was the Muharram period for the children.

This a sacred month where a period of mourning is observed and they should not be forced to take part in “joyous” events.

Ms Irving, the headteacher of Cranbourne Carlisle primary school in Australia, said: “It wasn’t a pre-thought-out action.

“When they came to the assembly, they were caught in a dilemma.

“They knew that they should not be taking part in music. They also knew that the national anthem had music, so they were caught in a dilemma and didn’t know what to do.

“Some stood to leave, so the teacher intervened and gave them the opportunity to move out quietly, so they weren’t confused and they weren’t upset.”

The decision has angered some parents, while Muslim schools said it was standard for all Muslim students to sing Advance Australia Fair, the country’s national anthem.

Scott Morrison, the national treasurer, which is equivalent to Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the decision deserved


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