A teenage girl who was banned by her school from wearing a "purity ring" is taking her case to the High Court.
Lydia Playfoot, 16, is a member of a Christian group called the Silver Ring Thing and one of a number of students at the Millais School in Horsham, West Sussex, who wears a silver ring engraved with a Biblical reference Ă˘â‚¬â€ť "1 Thes 434," a reference to St. Paul's Letter to the Thessalonians Ă˘â‚¬â€ť as a sign of their belief in abstinence from sex until marriage.
She claims that her secondary school is breaching her human rights by preventing her from wearing the ring, while allowing Muslim and Sikh students to wear headscarfs and religious bangles.
The school denies her claims, arguing that the purity ring is not an integral part of the Christian faith, and contravenes its uniform policy.
Playfoot will argue that her right to express her religious beliefs under Article Nine of the Human Rights Act has been breached by the ban.