Three Turkish high school students expelled from education system for kicking Quran

Turkey's Education Ministry has expelled three high school students from the formal face-to-face school system on the grounds that they were involved in the kicking of a copy of the Quran.

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Three Turkish high school students were expelled from the formal face-to-face education system ("örgün eğitim" in Turkish) as part of a punishment given for being involved in the kicking of a copy of the Quran.

The announcement was made by the Antalya branch president of the Eğitim-Bir-Sen Union during a press conference, Turkish media outlets reported on June 8.

Meanwhile, one of the students who received the punishment released a video on social media in which he is seen kissing a copy of the Quran and apologizing for his action. He said that he had kicked the Quran without knowing that the book was the religious text.

Earlier this week, the Turkish Education Ministry said that it launched a disciplinary action against the students after a video of the incident went viral on social media. The video shows one of the students throwing the Islamic holy book in the air, while another student kicks it. The incident took place at a high school in Antalya's Serik district.