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A school has been slammed by a sixth form pupil for removing her paintings of a mother breastfeeding her child – because it could offend Muslims during Ramadan.
Tapton Secondary School in Sheffield told Martha Armitage, 18, that her A-level paintings would not be displayed with other pupils’ artwork because the space is currently being used as a prayer room for the duration of the religious period.
Now Miss Armitage has hit out at the decision because she believes she is being ‘censored’ and says she is proud of her four paintings, which took 15 hours to create, and wants them to be displayed.
But the school has defended the decision, saying it was a matter of ‘tolerance and respect’ to not put them on show in the prayer room and claimed that the pictures are on display – but in a different section of the school.
Miss Armitage, who works part-time in a cafe, chose the subject of Mother and Baby after being given four choices for her A-level finals.
The four paintings show a mother cradling her baby, another breastfeeding from front-on, another breastfeeding from the side, and another shows a mother holding her child to her naked breast – something that is crucial in the first months of baby bonding.
But Miss Armitage claims she was not informed by the school of the decision not display her paintings with other students’ work and only found out when she noticed they were not on display when she went to the school to collect her prom tickets.
She said: ‘I went to speak to the art technician because I wanted to see my artwork, I hadn’t seen it since I’d submitted it for my A-level.
‘The technician told me the artwork wasn’t going on display at all because it includes breasts and it’s Ramadan.
‘I was just really really shocked. I didn’t know what to say. I left the school and when I went home I told my mum about it, she sent an email to the school.
‘In their reply, they spoke about not having the artwork on display in the conference room which was going to be used as a prayer room.
‘But I was told by the technician that my artwork wasn’t going to be displayed anywhere.
‘In any case, I don’t understand why it’s offensive. Muslim pupils at my school have told me they’re not offended by it. I don’t understand why the school were jumping to conclusions – they’re just being overly sensitive.’
But Miss Armitage wants the school to reverse its decision.
She said: ‘I have Muslim friends who are also outraged. They say it has nothing to do with Ramadan.
‘If it was about distraction there should not be any artwork displayed in there.
‘The pieces that don’t have nipples are allowed to be displayed.
‘I would like my work to be displayed. My friends at the school are really supportive and want to see my work. I feel disheartened because I put a lot of time and effort into it.
‘They’re making decisions on behalf of a culture they don’t understand. The Muslims I have spoken to are not offended by what I have created.
‘It’s a shame this has happened. I have had a great time at the school and I like the art department and the teachers and to leave on this note is quite sad.’
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