A teacher apologised to Simranjot Kaur, 13, and Prasimran Kaur, 11, after they were ordered to remove their turbans (ceremonial headwear) at the St Anne's Catholic School in Southampton, Hampshire.
Both girls, who are baptised Khalsa Sikhs refused to remove the headwear which can be worn by both sexes in Sikhism. The school suggested they were wearing them for the sake of 'fashion' and that they should be replaced by headscarves, worn by muslims girls.
The school authorities didn’t stop at ordering the girls, but forcefully began to unravel the turban, said Simranjot, after which her mother arrived at noon to take her home.
Their furious families have blasted the school for what they say are 'discriminatory' rules.
Simranjot's mother Sukhwinder Kaur, 38, said: 'My daughter and Prasimran are in the correct uniform. The only thing different is the turban. If Muslims can wear hijabs then why can't Sikhs wear turbans?'
However, the school has said it was a 'misunderstanding' and apologised to both families.
In a statement, head teacher Lyn Bourne said, “I would like to apologise to students and parents for any offence caused by the enforcement of our uniform policy this morning. The situation that occurred was a misunderstanding and I can confirm that both girls involved now have permission to wear a turban to school.”
Southampton City Council cabinet member for communities Satvir Kaur, a former headgirl there and a practicing Sikh said, “It hasn't been a great first day back but I'm pleased the situation has been resolved.”