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In 2004, France enacted a law that forbids K-12 students from wearing anything to school that overtly shows their religious affiliation, including visible Christian crosses, Jewish skullcaps, or Muslim headscarves.County of Maui officials shut down the surrounding state park and ordered people to avoid a swath of ocean after snorkelers made the grisly discovery on Wednesday morning. But schools have struggled over where to draw the line, or taken the law to its illogical conclusion — like the Léo Lagrange school in Charleville-Mézières, in northeastern France. The woman, who wasn’t identified, was floating face down in the water about 200 yards off the shore of Makena State Park in a surf hangout called “Dumps,” county officials said.

That high school is in the news because twice in the past two weeks it has sent home a 15-year-old Muslim student, identified as Sarah K., for wearing a plain, long skirt, which the principal deemed “an ostentatious sign” of her Muslim faith. Xeni Jardin summed up the outrage on social media with her headline at BoingBoing: “France to 15 year old girl: Wear a shorter skirt or you can’t get an education.” AJ+ tweeted this video: Sarah K. wears a headscarf normally, but takes it off before entering her school, to conform to the French enforcement of laïcité, or secularism. The principal said in his note to Sarah’s parents that they need to “rectify her clothes if you want her to continue her schooling,” but the regional education director, Patrick Dutot, now says the school wasn’t threatening to expel her, The New York Times reports. And Dutot stood up for the decision to send Sarah home. “The question isn’t how long the skirt is,” he said. “They come with an outfit that shows an affiliation that we respect.

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