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School bans pupil for extreme hairstyle

Curtis Percival photo
Curtis Percival’s ‘deck of cards’ hairstyle

Curtis Percival, 12, was told by Whitehaven School headteacher Malcolm Smith that his hairstyle was just “too extreme” and he would have to be excluded until it grew out.

The boy’s mother, Nichola, from Meadow Road, Mirehouse, Whitehaven, has reacted angrily.

“What has a hairstyle got to do with learning?” she said. “I have noticed myself that three other children have red hair and another has bright blonde dye. I asked if they had a policy on such things and was told they hadn’t.”

Headteacher Mr Smith said: “The school states clearly that ‘extremes of dress or appearance at not allowed and therefore hair should be moderately cut and styled’ (as stated in the school prospectus).

“The school judged the pupil’s hairstyle to be extreme and is trying to manage the situation so the pupil can attend school through alternative provision until the hair is less extreme.”

Have your say

Of course he should be excluded!! Nearly every school has a policy on hairstyles and his mother should have known better!
Hardly news though...

Posted by Pete on 23 March 2012 at 16:32

Oh dear, I thought difference and diversity were welcomed in this country. To be different is good surely because it embraces the culture of tolerance and understanding? Or have I got it seriously wrong?
Answers please, but they must be in joined up writing, oh! I think I've just fallen into the trap of being intolerant.
Just rushing out to get a haircut !!!

Posted by Observer on 8 March 2012 at 17:28

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