Liberty wins case for war protest girl to return to school

A 15-year-old girl excluded from school because she organised a demonstration against the war in Iraq has been allowed to return after her case was taken to the High Court by human rights group Liberty.

The organisation sought a judicial review after the board of governors at the Helena Romanes School in Essex upheld the head teacher's decision to exclude Elena Grice from school in the run-up to her GCSEs.

In the ruling on 2 May, Mr Justice Collins called Grice a "very silly girl" but said she should be reinstated at school part time. "Even silly girls are entitled to a proper opportunity to achieve what they can best achieve," he said.

But he said that she would have to apologise to a teacher for calling her a "fascist cow" at the time of the protest.

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