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Is it OK to wear religious jewellery at school?

Woman wearing a Christian cross

A 14-year-old Sikh girl is at court saying she has been discriminated against because her school banned her from wearing a Sikh religious bracelet.

But teachers at the girls' school in Aberdare in south Wales say they were fair to Sarika Singh as no pupil is allowed to wear jewellery.

Sarika wanted to wear a Sikh bangle
Sarika wanted to wear a Sikh bangle
So what do you think? Should kids be allowed to wear religious jewellery at school, like Christian crosses or St Christopher medals, Sikh bangles or the Jewish Star of David?

Do you think it's fair that they are allowed to express their faith? Or do you think school rules shouldn't be broken?

Whatever your thoughts, let us know.

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Your comments

"Schools should have a jewellery limit rather than a ban. Say, let the pupils wear two items of jewellery to school. Teachers wear jewellery when they're working, we should be allowed to!"

Becky, 12, Hamilton, Scotland

"Of course it is! It would not be fair if you could not wear religious jewellery at school! You should be able to wear religious jewellery anytime you want!!!"

James, 13, Gateshead, England

"I think the teachers can wear jewellery because they don't run around like us children. Children shouldn't wear it because you could lose it. You could get it caught on something so I say teachers can wear it, just not children."

Kirsty, 11, Inverness, Scotland

"Of course! It's almost compulsory at our school! I think if you are a catholic you should be able to wear a cross, if you are muslim, you should be able to wear a veil."

Grace, 13, Sandhurst, England

"Of course it is! It would not be fair if you could not wear religious jewellery at school! You should be able to wear religious jewellery anytime you want!!!"

James, 13, Gateshead, England

"I think people should be allowed to wear religious jewellery at school, because it represents who they are."

Sukhmani, 9, Newcastle, England

"I think if it is their beliefs and it is part of their religion, then yes, people should wear it for school. As long as you don't wear it for p.e, then fine. I just don't understand why the teachers make a big deal out of it."

Catherine, 9, Stoke-on-Trent, England

"Everybody has their own religion and everyone has their own rights to wear what they want. It's your way of doing things."

Caitlin, 12, Aldinga, Australia

"Understandably, the school was right to treat the girl like her fellow pupils - school should be fair no matter what the circumstance. However, I believe everybody should be able to wear jewellery as religious jewellery is important, but it's not right to single pupils out for their faith."

Amelia, 11, Liverpool, England

"I think it's fair religious people aren't allowed to wear jewellery, because other people (atheists) aren't. If your religion doesn't say you HAVE to wear it, then you shouldn't wear it in school."

Lola, 11, Plymouth, England

"I believe that people should be allowed to express their beliefs, but I don't think the school was being discriminating. In fact they were treating her the same as everyone else in not letting her wear jewellery!"

Steph, 12, Weston, England

"The rules are there for a reason. Everybody should be treated equally."

Gwydion, 12, Rhosgadfan, Wales

"I don't think that pupils should be allowed to wear jewellery because it isn't part of school uniform."

Florence, 7, Aylesbury, England

"What's the big fuss? I wear religious Muslim jewellery like Allah(pbuh) did at a Christian school. They accept it!!!"

Sohita, 12, Blandford Forum, England

"I think that she should be able to wear her jewellery to school because it is a symbol of her belief in her religion. It also is unfair that the school is saying to her that she should take it off; it's like saying to her stop believing in your religion and be like everyone else in the school. She shouldn't be told that she is not allowed to go to school because of her jewellery. There are more things important in life than this jewellery and we should all be allowed to wear jewellery. "

Amy, 10, Bathgate, Scotland

"We think she should be allowed to wear her Kara then everyone could learn about each others' religions. "

Nicole, 11 and Emily, 10, Bathgate, Scotland

"We think that you should be able to wear religious jewellery to school because it's like telling a Christian not to read the Bible and telling a Sikh not to be a Sikh and to be a non-believer. We also think that you shouldn't signify it as jewellery because it is part of their religion"

Iona, 11, and Shannon, 10, Bathgate, Scotland

"I think that it is for the safety of kids. The jewellery could get damaged or it might hurt someone. If it's religious then it will be too precious to wear to school. It is still someone's religion so if they are careful with it then it could be ok."

Sophie, 11, Minster, England

"I think she should be allowed because it's a bit like telling you you're not allowed to eat French fries for the rest of your life!!!!!"

Enez, 9, Brussels, Belgium

"No, it would not be treating her equally to everyone else, plus she chose to go to that school knowing the school rules. Wouldn't it be discriminating if she was allowed jewellery and nobody else was?"

Emie, 14, Sheffield, England

"Well I don't wear religious jewellery, but if you are religious and want to wear a cross on a necklace, no one can stop that."

Alice, 11, Northampton, England

"I think if it's a choice you should follow the school rules, but if it's part of your religion to wear it then you should be allowed."

Douglas, 12, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I don't think you should be allowed to wear religious jewellery at school because it might offend some children. At my old school we could not sing happy birthday if it was someone's birthday because one student was a Jehovah's Witness."

Emily, 9, Derbyshire, England

"Well we should all have the same rules. It's not fair if a person gets to wear jewellery and the rest of the school is not allowed."

Stacey, 13, West midlands, England

"I think it's ok because it's a part of your religion and you can't disobey it. But if the school says no then you shouldn't because it's wrong to do that."

Nosheen, 9, London, England

"I think you should be allowed because it's part of your life."

Brittany, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I think the row is silly, it's just a bangle! What harm is it doing to anyone?"

Charlotte, 12, Wiltshire, England

"I think it's ok as long as you take it off for P.E. You should be able to wear religious jewellery."

Sarah, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think that is absolutely appalling! It is part of her religion and she must be faithful to it. I'd be doing exactly what she's doing if it happened to me."

Matt, 11, Derby, England

"I think people should stop wearing religious jewellery just in case it gets lost or stolen."

Sara, 10, London, England

"If it's a choice it's different, but if it's your religion you must do it. It's unfair to exclude her."

Robbie, 12, Market Harborough, England

"I agree with the majority of people who say there's no harm in wearing it. I wear a Christian cross at my school because my sister bought it for me and it reminds me how kind she was. It's ridiculous that they are taking Sarika to court just for wearing something that symbolised her religion and made her feel proud to be that religion."

Jasmine, 12, Watford, England

"I think you shouldn't be allowed to wear religious jewellery at school because uniform is meant to keep us equal. We all wear the same so none of us gets picked on."

Rebecca, 12, Accrington, England

"I am not Sikh myself but I think it is important to respect other religions and if wearing a special bangle is part of that religion then we should all respect that."

Sinead, 13, Peterborough, England

"When you decide to go to a non-religious school you automatically forfeit your right at school to express your religion. You must follow the school rules."

Cathy, 14, Bristol, England

"Uniform is a school rule and if one girl is allowed to break the rule then everyone else will expect to be allowed to. And when does wearing a harmless religious symbol become a dangerous health and safety risk?"

Marianne, 13, Coventry, England

"No, if it is part of school rules why should religion get to change that?"

Zoe, 13, Essex, England

"I think it is an awful thought to ban religious jewellery because teachers wear all sorts of jewellery so why can't kids? It shows what you believe in and who you are. I think she should wear what she wants!"

Georgia, 11, Cambridge, England

"No, if it's school rules then it's school rules! If it isn't part of uniform then people should obey the rules."

Sofey, 13, Wigan, England

"We should because it shows people who you are and what you stand for."

Caleb, 8, London, England

"Even though it's jewellery it's still our religion, so we shouldn't be put down because we believe in something. We shouldn't just wear jewellery for the sake of it though because we are in school uniform."

Maxine, 12, Sunderland, England

"Why not? It's not harming anyone and most people feel protected when wearing religious jewellery."

Jenny, 13, London, England

"I feel that it helps others know who you are and what religion you agree with. It shows your feelings and emotions and people should respect that."

Lauren, 10, Lincolnshire, England

"It's her religion, so she can wear what she likes."

Eleanor, 9, Cambridge, England

"I think people can because it shows what they believe in."

Sophie, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"No, because it will be breaking the rules for the school and that it is not fair to non-religious people."

Lewis, 12, Barking, England

"I think kids should be allowed religious jewellery at school or anywhere because it's not to look nice, it's to do with their religion!!"

Emily, 10, Dorset, England

"I think it is not fair - how mean! I am also a Sikh I am allowed to wear the Kara."

Rubi, 12, Newcastle, England

"She should be allowed to wear it - it's part of her religion. Someone at my school wears a headscarf and this is basically the same!"

Rebecca, 11, Henley on Thames, England

"I think that it should be allowed in school because it's religious, but I don't understand why other non religious people can't wear jewellery. It's not going to harm you unless you do P.E."

Sarah, 13, Bedfordshire, England

"Rules are rules, and you should follow them. If she had an accident with the bracelet it would be the school's fault, hardly fair. Everyone should be treated equally."

Amy, 14, Birmingham, England

"I wear a crucifix all the time. If you believe that it means something then you should be allowed to wear it."

Rachel, 14, Wirral, England

"Yes, it should be ok to wear religious jewellery. At the end of the day, a lot of religions don't accept 'my school won't allow it' for not wearing religious jewellery. Also, you should be allowed to express your religion freely. After all, it's not like you're trying to make a fashion statement!"

Zarin, 13, Darlington, England

"At my school we are allowed to wear a cross, as we are a Christian school, but no other jewellery."

Mollie, 10, Oxford, England

"No because its not fair that religious people can wear jewellery but an atheist can't."

Emily, 12, Plymouth, England

"I think if a teacher came in wearing a religious piece of jewellery then it would be fine but if it wear a child, it would be removed. It's only a bangle for goodness sake! Why make such a big thing out of it? There are more important things going on in the world other than bangles!!"

Alice, 12, Cheshire, England

"It is discrimination! Anybody of any religion should be allowed to wear their religious symbols. At my school, my friend is a Sikh, and the only time he doesn't wear his bangle at school is in PE."

Grace, 11, Tipton, England

"I think that the school is right about this situation as the school uniform is a school rule and is not to be broken."

Mathew, 12, Blackpool, England

"I think that everyone should be able to express their culture in the way they want and religious jewellery should not cause such a big row. I think that the school should allow religious jewellery as long as it is not too big or could cause a health problem in some classes."

Lara, 10, Brussels, Belgium

"I think she should be allowed as it is her religion. It's like telling someone they can't be religious."

Megan, 10, Skipton, England

"I'm a Muslim and I wear a necklace with a prayer on it. I only get told to take it off for PE and I do for safety reasons. Other than that, yes you should be allowed to wear religious jewellery because it's important for your religion!"

Anisa, 12, Nottinghamshire, England

"I think that pupils should be allowed to wear religious jewellery."

Abby, 10, Cambs, England

"No you should not, but if it is important to your life - then yes."

Rachel, 8, London, England

"If the school rules are no jewellery, she should not make it obvious but wear it under her clothes. Otherwise lots of people can say their jewellery's religious and also you don't need the world to see your religion!"

Ella, 12, Brighton, England

"Yes. It is OK to wear religious jewellery. I am not religious but religious jewellery is different to normal jewellery. It is a symbol of belief, not a fashion statement, anyone can see that."

Meabh, 11, Dublin, Ireland

"Yes we should wear religious jewellery. You should fight for what's right!!"

Gurpreet, 9, Middlesex, England

"I think you should be allowed to wear religious jewellery, as it shows your faith. I think it is wrong of the school to exclude her. Also, it is only a small bracelet. It is brave of her to stand up to her faith, and refuse to take it off."

Georgina, 10, London, England

"No, I don't think it's ok to wear religious jewellery at school. People have to abide by rules whether they like it or not. If you have true faith in your religion, that alone should be enough."

Rhiannon, 13, Penarth, Wales

"It is ok to wear some necklaces and bracelets as long as they aren't too big. School uniform must be kept and I understand why the girl was asked to take it off"

Yasmin, 14, London, England

"No jewellery is allowed in my school at all. She must have known the school rules before she started so why complain now? If she is allowed an exemption then everyone should be allowed to wear what is important to them. I hate it when people say they are being discriminated against when the school rules have been there for years and everyone else has obeyed. I do not think any religious item should be allowed in schools."

Chloe, 11, Montrose, Scotland

"Every boy/girl should be allowed to wear their religious items as it shows faith in their own religion and is a good way to show people what religion they are without speaking."

Lola, 12, Nottingham, England

"I say as long as the jewellery is a religious symbol it's fine, but other than that rules should be followed."

Tina, 10, Northampton, England

"I think that children should not wear jewellery for health and safety reasons and it is unfair for those without a religion to not wear jewellery. A rule should be made for all."

Haleema, 10, Bradford, England

"I do not see a problem. A lot of girls in my school have studs in their noses and some wear crosses."

Sophie, 10, London, England

"Yes we should wear religious jewellery, it shows your faith, wear it under your clothes. All people have that right to show their faith."

Anya, 12, London, England

"I think people should be ok for people to wear religious jewellery as long as they take it off for physical education."

Chris, 13, Spalding, England

"I think it is ok to wear jewellery like this as it shows what we believe in!"

Mushi, 13, Hong Kong, China

"Yes because it shows what religion they believe in."

Sophie, 11, Rushden, England

"I think this should be allowed because it's not just an excuse to wear jewellery, it's a public declaration of their faith. In some religions the consequences of not wearing a certain mark or symbol of their faith can be much higher than we think. I also think it is brave and admirable of them to stand up so freely and show their faith."

Ruth, 13, Loughborough, England