Ialorixá Ya Ivone Maria filed a police report for religious racism and embarrassment against the Municipal School Arx Tourinho, in Salvador, after her 13-year-old daughter, Júlia Almeida Lima, was prevented from entering the school because she was dressed in clothes. alluding to Candomblé.
The case took place on Wednesday morning (21). Ya Ivone told the UOL that the girl was going to the first day of in-person classes since the beginning of the pandemic, accompanied by her biological mother, but at the entrance, she was stopped by the doormen, in front of the teenager’s classmates.
According to the mother of saints, the employees claimed that they were trying to prevent Julia from being bullied by other students.
“Her mother tried to talk to the board, but, with all that, they didn’t let her or her mother enter the school. (…) They claimed that she wasn’t going to enter because she was wearing that outfit, which was for her to come home, so that her peers don’t bully. But for me, bullying already started there, on their part,” says Ya Ivone.
The ialorixá explained that Julia was nervous about the situation and began to cry. Soon after, the girl’s mother took her to Ya Ivone’s yard. Outside the place, when the two arrived, the nun was soon notified by telephone, and immediately went to the school, where she recorded an outburst, asking the institution’s employees to be satisfied.
“Then I spoke to the doorman, to find out why he didn’t let my daughter into school. Then he told me, to my face, that he hadn’t let the other children not bully her. The principal asked the mother of my saintly daughter that they would go home, she wouldn’t miss it, and she didn’t give any other satisfaction, she didn’t care. And when I got there, the only thing she said was: ‘I’m sorry’, period”, lamented.
Ya Ivone explains that Julia is undergoing a 3-month religious regime that began on June 5th. During this period, the teenager has to wear religious clothing, always wear the “quelê” (a short bead necklace worn by those who are new to Candomblé) and follow some rules, such as not sitting in a traditional chair or raising the head too high, as a reverence for the orixá.
For this, when she went to school, Julia also took a bench, the apoti, so that she didn’t have to stand up.
Now, says Ya Ivone, the teenager is resisting the idea of going back to school, out of fear of possible offense from her classmates.
“She’s very tearful, she felt very sick with this embarrassment. When she went back to school with me, that’s when I managed to calm her down a little. As they didn’t solve anything, I said I’d make my arrangements, but she doesn’t want to go back to school anymore. school, because now she is ashamed of her colleagues”.
Ialorixá says that school officials made no mention of a formal apology or in front of other students.
O UOL tried to contact the Municipal Education Department of Salvador, but has not received a response so far. If there is, this space will be updated.