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Muslim community slams Peel District School Board over 'stigmatizing' Friday prayer restrictions
A meeting of the Peel District School Board heard Tuesday evening that Muslim students feel stigmatized and targeted after a recent change to the board's religious accommodation policy — prompting the board to suspend that change for the time being.
Since September, students participating in Friday prayers at their schools have been restricted to the use of six pre-approved sermons. Previously, the board's policy said that students were able to use any sermon that had been approved by an administrator.
"I feel like this [new] policy, this procedure, whatever you want to call it, it really just gives this sort of guilt," said Meleeha Baig, who works with Muslim high school students in Peel Region.
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