(Hürriyet Newspaper, 11 January 2011)
Ibrahim Tol, principal at the Nevit Kodallı Anatolian
Fine Arts and Sports High School in Mersin, wanted
the boys and girls at the school to remain at least 45
centimeters away from one another. Since the beginning of
the 2010-2011 school year Principal Tol has been verbally
warning the teenagers in this regard. The students told
their parents about this but nothing changed so yesterday
about 100 people - students and their parents - gathered
in front of the school to protest. The students rebelled,
saying 'a board was even placed in front of the row of girls
who wore skirts!'
The next day, Mersin National Education Director Hasan
Gül characterized the situation at the school as unfortunate.
He stated that 'there can be no order for boys and girls to
stay 45 centimeters away from one another in a school
which is coeducational and where the students sit together
in the same classrooms and the same rows. There has been
no such order and everyone knows this. The report that a
board was placed in front of the row where the girl students
sit is baseless. The rows in the school are the same as those
used everywhere else in Turkey. Also, the boys and girls
use the same cafeteria.' A National Education Inspector
has been assigned by the governor to investigate the school.