Gummy bears are now a problem at German school because they’re not Halal

The Peter Petersen elementary school in Berlin, has a hard time keeping its educational environment neutral. The school, in the city’s migrant suburb of Neukölln, is increasingly being Islamised by students, parents and personnel.

“There are already many examples of religious bullying in the school today,” says Hildegard Greif-Groß, the headmistress of the school to the Berliner Zeitung. For example students are questioned about having a sandwich of pork ham, because according to the Koran it is forbidden, she mentions.

“Even gummy bears are not considered clean, because there is animal gelatin of cattle in it, which were not slaughtered halal”, she adds.

The elementary school students are also put under pressure by family and classmates to put on a headscarf, the headmistress says. “Hardly anyone used to wear a headscarf there. In the past, mothers worked in factories, but today girls are much less allowed”. In mid-March, the lawsuit of a teacher who wants to wear her headscarf at school will start and three more are pending.

The push for Islamic rules at the school is oppositional to the Berlin Neutrality Act, which prohibits teachers, police and judicial staff from wearing religious symbols such as headscarfs, crucifixes or kippahs.

But the question is if the law will remain the same, as in the past Germany’s labour courts ruled in favor of teachers who had been turned down because of their headscarf at elementary schools. They even received a compensation for “discrimination”.

Also teachers at Berlin’s vocational schools are allowed to wear a headscarf. Representatives of the left as well as the regional delegation conference of the Greens had expressed a desire for a revision of Berlin’s neutrality act.