May 19 2009
Insulted, derided, ogled and even photographed by mobile phone, 15 female students of the Ecole de commerce André-Chavanne were caught by a group of MUSLIMS leaving the mosque in a suburb of Geneva. Their crime? They were running in gym outfits on the athletic track of their school ‘during the hour of prayer’.
The incident caused commotion among students, teachers, parents and even the higher ups of the national education ministry. It caused strong reactions on the part of the mosque. The imam vehemently condemned such acts in his sermon to the believers.
On Friday April 3rd, in the early afternoon, the students, about 15 years old, were exercising on the course. A dozen people leaving prayer, found themselves facing them. To return to where they parked they took a shortcut, a newly opened rod which leads to the sports field.
Instead of avoiding passing the track, the men, young and less young, walked right through. They disrupted the race, going through the plastic cones arranged for the exercise. They insulted the students, roughly put them down, took a picture, and blamed them for their shamelessness before leaving.
Shocked, the young gym teacher who trained them notified the school. On April 6th the principal, Roland Jeannet, alerted his superiors and sent a letter to the mosque administration asking them to speak in the next meeting of the mosque and to encourage their believers to more respect. A meeting between the principal, two mosque representative and a police agent took place at the end of April. this reassured the school, which did not lodge a complaint.
The Islamic Cultural Foundation took the incident very seriously. One of the leaders says that Muslims must be an example, particularly in this context, where they’re often blamed.(They should be deported)
There has been no previous incident in the area between the mosque and the school, which are close by. However, one of the teachers says that they’re sometimes a little uncomfortable when parking in the area, where hundreds of men come to prayer. A female student at the school says that the girls who run get insistent looks at their chests. (It isn’t as if keeping their women all covered up reduces the number of rapes and assaults on Muslim women)
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