“Ortega y Gasset” School in Almendralejo (Badajoz) Forced to Remove Crucifixes From Classrooms

Country: Spain

Date of incident: November 9, 2010

The parents of two students of the public school Ortega y Gasset in Almendralejo (Badajoz) succeeded in their campaign to remove crucifixes from classrooms and prohibit religious ceremonies. The school parent association, who opposes these decisions, called for a protest.

Speaking with the "Europa Press" Lorenzo Losada, father of two, said that he was "relatively satisfied", because the crucifixes were removed from the two classrooms in which their children were. However, he added, the ones in “common areas” have not been removed.

In addition, the celebration of religious events has also been cancelled: Lorenzo Losada said that already two years ago, because of their complaints, a ceremony that used to take place at the beginning of the year is no longer taking place.