Primary school in England bans children from watching solar eclipse for “religious and cultural reasons”

Pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the eclipse directly and had to observe it on screens instead.

…Ivor Johnstone, headteacher of North Primary School, said: “The school made this decision when we became aware of religious and cultural concerns associated with observing an eclipse directly. 

…He refused to say which religions and cultures have concerns about observing eclipses directly.

Mr Belman added: “It is a very diverse school with kids from a lot of backgrounds including our own. They take a balanced approach as a whole, so this is completely out of the blue.”

h/t tom_billesley

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