A Roman Catholic schoolgirl's desire to wear a crucifix necklace has led to her religion clashing with her school's health and safety policy.
Samantha Devine was reprimanded for wearing a crucifix chain to school
Samantha Devine, 13, from Gillingham, Kent, was given the cross as a Christmas present.
But she was told to remove it by teachers at The Robert Napier School.
Samantha said she should be allowed to wear a symbol of Christian belief, but the school insisted it had a no jewellery policy for her age group.
Samantha argued: "Everyone says they believe in God by going to church, but I believe in him my own way.
"If I've got a problem, I always get it [the crucifix] and talk to it, and I feel that helps me."
Paul Jackson, deputy head teacher at the non-denominational school, said it was a health and safety issue.
"We haven't told her she can't wear the crucifix... she could wear a lapel badge to show her commitment to her religion," he said.
Kent MP Ann Widdecombe, herself a devout Christian who wears a cross, said she found that to be a "reasonable compromise".
"The school has said she can wear her symbol... so it's not actually preventing her from displaying a cross or a crucifix," Ms Widdecombe said.
The human rights group Liberty questioned whether there were any real health and safety implications over pupils wearing items of religious jewellery during standard lessons.