Muslims Urge School District to Accommodate for Ramadan in Delaware

October 22, 2004

Source: Delaware Online News

On October 22, 2004 Delaware Online News reported, "the parents of some Muslim students attending Bancroft Intermediate School in Wilmington have charged that the Christina School District is interfering with their children's observance of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The students are required to go to the cafeteria for lunch during a month when they are supposed to fast during daylight hours, parents said. They also are being denied the opportunity to go to an empty classroom and pray during the day. Muslims normally pray five times daily, a religious practice that is especially important during Ramadan. Assistant Superintendent David Sundstrom said Thursday that he wasn't aware of the cafeteria issue. He said the district would try to find an alternative place for students to go during lunchtime."