I was sent an email recently, from a friend in Stockholm, Sweden, expressing concern about a note that had been sent to all parents of the school their children attended.
This note was not officially sanctioned by the school, nor the education authority, so cannot be viewed as being official policy, but is concerning nonetheless, as it addresses something that has become a serious issue in a number of European countries.
A school in a small town in Germany, however, has taken a more formal stance and it’s head teacher has sent out a simarly worded letter to parents, asking them to ensure that their daughters ‘cover up their arms and legs for their own protection’ – against local Syrian “refugees.”
In this letter, Martin Thalhammer, the head of the Willhelm-Diess-Gymnasium, in the town of Pocking, Bavaria, which has a population of around 15,000 – female students have been asked to refrain from wearing “revealing clothes” because refugee accommodation has been set up next to the schools gym.
Hundreds of Syrians have been housed in Pocking, as part of the ongoing plan to accommodate the 400,000 “asylum applications” expected this year, to join the 202,815 who have already re-located to Germany as a whole.
The headmaster’s letter also warned the female students against wearing immodest clothes and announced that the schools gymnasium had been shut down as a ‘precautionary measure’ – and the physical education classes would be moved to a neighbouring primary school.
“The Syrian citizens are mainly Muslim and speak Arabic. The refugees are marked by their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing must be adhered to. Revealing tops or blouses, shorts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings”.
These “misunderstandings” to which the letter refers are, of course, unwarranted attention or even sexual attacks upon the teenagers, as has happened elsewhere in European countries where large numbers of mainly male, ‘refugees’ have settled.
In Sweden for example, where as I mentioned earlier I have friends who initially contacted me with very real concerns, the number of rapes has increased so dramatically over the last few years, that the country has now been officially classified as ‘The Rape Capital of the West’, and also holds the unenviable position of being second in the world, behind Lesotho in Southern Africa, for this type of offence.
The letter continues:
“For the refugees, access to the school gardens and buildings is strictly forbidden. The same goes for the school grounds during the day. The number of teachers on duty during class breaks has also been increased”.
The letter, finished with a warning to the children, which some parents have justifiably viewed as being delivered in a somewhat threatening manner, in which the children were told to refrain from:
“Direct eyeballing, ogling or taking pictures”, and went on to say: “Derogatory or racial remarks cannot and will not be tolerated in any way.”
With Thanks to Sangeeta.