Schoolgirl in the North vows not to remove religious badges

A schoolgirl who has been suspended from class in the North for wearing religious images on her lapel is vowing not to remove the items.

Catrina McDermott has been threatened with expulsion from St Eugene's College in Roslea, Co Fermanagh, for wearing emblems of St Patrick and a guardian angel.

However, her mother says the 15-year-old is determined to keep wearing them when she returns to school on Monday as they had given her the strength to carry on after she was bullied.

She says she can't think why such items would be banned in a Catholic school.

The principal, however, says the decision to forbid pupils wearing any badge was introduced last year and a compromise would be for Catrina to wear them inside her blazer.

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