The students of Turkey’s Kadıköy Anatolian High School raised their voice against the pressure of a group of students forcing others to participate in meetings of religious propaganda. The pressuring group is said to have the support of the school administration.
According to the sources, one of the students who did not want to join the conversation has gone under an investigation by the school administration.
Students opened a banner in the schoolyard saying “The owners of this school are free in thought, free in conscience students” on Dec. 20.
One of the messages for students to join the conversation stated “Today, on 12.15 in the lunch break, there will be a Circle of Hadith in the school’s masjid. We expect you to join.”
Parents of the students also reacted against this religious pressure. One of the parents speaking on the subject to Sözcü daily stated that “A group of students is pressuring others to join religious conversations, to go to the mosque and forcing to form a Circle of Hadith at the school at noon.”
The parent continued by stating that a student who told the inviters that “religion shouldn’t have oppression” was reported to the principal and then gone under an investigation.
According to a former graduate, the investigation has been closed after the reactions of students and parents.