Rules are rules, but you might think authorities would go a little easy on a six-year-old girl
Girl, 6, in bus ban
SYDNEY: A six-year-old Muslim girl in Australia has been suspended from using her school bus for ‘‘bullying’’ after reacting angrily to being repeatedly teased by a boy about her hijab, or headscarf.
The girl retaliated by pulling down the trousers of her tormentor, aged seven.
The girl, whose father is an Iranian immigrant, has been banned from the bus for 10 days, meaning she will be unable to make the 60km roundtrip to her school in the northern Outback region.
‘‘She is only six years old. It is a bit harsh,’’ the girl’s mother said.
Bus company Buslink defended the ban, saying it complied with the Northern Territory’s code of conduct for school transport. AFP
ban – an official statement ordering people not to do something การห้าม
suspend – to stop something for a short time หยุดชั่วคราว
bully – to use your strength to threaten or frighten someone in order to get what you want รังแก
tease – to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way หยอกล้อ, ยั่วเย้า
headscarf – a piece of cloth that a woman or girl wears on her head and ties under her chin ผ้าคลุมศีรษะ (ของผู้หญิง)
retaliate – to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you แก้แค้น
trousers – pants; a piece of clothing covering the body from the waist to the feet, divided into separate parts for each leg and worn by both men and women กางเกง
tormentor – a person who causes another person or animal to suffer ผู้ทำให้ทรมาน
immigrant – a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น
harsh – strict, unkind and often unfair รุนแรง
defend – to say things to support someone or something ปกป้อง
comply – to obey a rule or a law การปฏิบัติตามกฎ
code of conduct – rules of proper behaviour for a particular job, organisation, etc.