Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, is rejecting as untrue reportage in the media that her office has issued an opinion which is prejudicial to the religious affiliation of a female student.
The student’s relatives have alleged that she was barred from entering Kensington Primary School in St. Catherine due to her dread locked hairstyle.
Writing on Twitter today, Mrs. Malahoo Forte says reportage which suggests her office has offered an opinion on the issue is false.
Mrs. Malahoo Forte says at no time did her office issue an opinion on the issue about school rules which address a dread locked hairstyle.
The Attorney General says at no time did she move to distance herself from such an opinion because the alleged opinion does not exist.
Mrs. Malahoo Forte says what transpired is that her office acting on behalf of Kensington Primary, which is a government funded institution, was given instruction by the school about the circumstances in which an issue developed regarding the child.
The Attorney General says consistent with the function of her office, documents were filed in Court which communicated the school’s position.
Mrs. Malahoo Forte did not elaborate on the position of the school.
In a follow up tweet – the Attorney General commented that at no time did the school turn away the child in question nor did it take any action in relation to the child being of the Rastafarian faith.
When contacted by our news centre today, Mrs. Malahoo Forte said the case is before the Court and hence she’ll offer no further comment.