Bridgeport Elementary School Accommodates Fasting Muslim Students

October 28, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant,0,6578998.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On October 28, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "Muslim students at a Bridgeport elementary school who observe the month of Ramadan by fasting will no longer be required to spend lunchtime in the school cafeteria with other students, following the settlement Thursday of a complaint against the school by an Islamic advocacy group. The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations contacted administrators at the Curiale School after receiving a complaint that Muslim students were confined to the cafeteria during lunchtime. Ramadan is the month in the Islamic lunar calendar during which the faithful abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from sunrise to sunset, when the fast is broken. In past years Muslim children had been permitted to spend the time in the principal's office or the library, said Hamza Ismail Collins, the chapter's director of civil rights. This year, they were told to sit in the cafeteria, he said. Collins said he received a follow-up call from the school later Thursday, in which he was told the school will allow the children to study in a separate room under a teacher's supervision during their lunch break."