OUTRAGE: Muslim Students At Public School Allowed to WALK OUT When National Anthem Plays
A primary school has been slammed for allowing young Muslim pupils to walk out of assembly when the national anthem is played.
But the move has prompted a furious response from parents and politicians who criticised the ‘disgusting’ decision, saying all Australians should be ‘proud’ to sing the anthem.
Lorraine McCurdy, who has two grandchildren at the school, told 3AW that she ‘saw red’ when around 30 or 40 pupils got up and left the assembly during Advance Australia Fair.
‘Two children got up and said `welcome to our assembly’ with that a teacher came forward and said all those who feel it’s against their culture may leave the room,’ Ms McCurdy said.
Jacqui Lambie, an Independent senator for Tasmania, also voiced her surprise, saying: ‘I find these schools that are allowing this to happen disgusting.’
But the principal of the school, Cheryl Irving, defended the decision, saying Shi’a Muslims do not participate in joyful events, including listening to music or singing, during Muharram.
This religious event, which falls between October 13 and November 12 this year, marks the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Muhammad.
In a statement, Ms Irving said: ‘Our school is an
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