A Swedish teen claims to have been forced to remove his cross necklace for a school photograph in case it offended others, while Muslim students were allowed to wear their hijabs.
A report in Swedish media site Nyheter Idag claims a report was made to the Discrimination Ombudsman and to the Child and Student Representative (BEO) which advocates for children who may have been the victims of abuse or other forms of ill-treatment, after a teen was asked to remove a symbol of faith for a class photo.
The 15-year-old, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the incident occurred in August. He told Swedish media that the photographer had ordered him to remove the necklace.
“She asked me to take off the cross, that it wasn’t good to have in the school photograph,” the boy said, alleging the photographer claimed that “it could be offensive if it were included in the school photo”.