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Lawyer says St Hilda’s High not wrong to withdraw head girl's appointment

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 10:38 AM

At least one attorney is suggesting that administrators at St Hilda’s Diocesan High School were not wrong when they withdrew a student’s appointment as head girl for religious reasons.

A mother, Rhonda Clarke, has contended that her daughter, Jade Bascoe, was stripped of the position because she is a Jehovah’s Witness.
 
According to a statement from the St Ann based institution’s principal, Heather Reid Johnson, Bascoe’s appointment as head girl was rescinded given the potential conflict that such a position would pose, given that she is a Witness.

The statement said the school has never asked students to assume duties that are in conflict with the beliefs and practice of their faith.

Attorney-at-law Linton Gordon says the school would have been breaching the student’s rights by putting her in a position where she would have to perform certain functions that are against her religious beliefs.

He says by withdrawing the appointment, this situation has been avoided.

However, Linton believes the safest way to deal with such issues and avoid conflicts is by removing religion from schools.