Swedish teen denied spot in school due to piercing
Published: 22 Jun 11 08:32 CET
A 13-year-old girl with a pierced nose has been told she’s not welcome at a Swedish school, prompting her mother to file a complaint with the country’s education authorities.
The girl had previously been granted a much-sought-after spot at the Grenadjär School in Örebro in central Sweden, a publicly-funded, privately-managed free school with a Christian profile.
However, when staff discovered she had a pierced nose, the family was told she wasn’t welcome.
“When we were going to sign the papers the principal said my daughter wasn’t welcome in their school if she had a piercing in her nose,” the mother wrote in her complaint to the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen), according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.
“She compared it to tattoos and short skirts.”
According to the school’s dress code, students aren’t allowed to tattoos, clothing with racist slogans, or piercings.
School principal Yvonne Wirhall said the school’s ban on piercings and tattoos is reasonable considering all the students are 15-years-old or younger.
“Our wish is that the girl leave the piercing at home,” she told the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.