7:10am Tuesday 15th January 2013
A HAMPSHIRE mum has removed her daughter from school after it punished her over the colour of her hair.
Leah Halford has temporarily taken daughter Billie out of Ringwood School after discovering the 13-year-old was put in “isolation” because she dyed the ends of her hair pink.
The Year 8 pupil was pulled out of class by her head of year as a result of her new dip dye hair style.
The school has defended its disciplinary action saying it is only following its “clear” rules on the appearance of pupils which parents agree to when they send their child there.
Mum Leah, from Poulner, told the Daily Echo that it would be a few weeks until the dye washed out.
She said: “It’s not affecting her learning, having pink hair, but they’ve told me her absence will now be put down as unauthorised.
“I think it’s bullying; they are saying their pupils can’t have individuality.”
Isolation involves the pupil being put in a room alone, restricting them from mixing with any other pupils.
Leah added: “For me, isolation would be a punishment for naughty children, not for something as minimal as this.
“She is a model pupil aside from this – there have been no problems with behaviour or learning.
“Other girls go in with a full face of make-up or their skirts hitched up to their thighs.
“I’m going to get a private tutor so she can keep up with her lessons.”
Head teacher Chris Edwards said: “At Ringwood School we have very clear rules with regard to appearance and uniform which parents agree to when they send their child to the school.
“Our rules state that hair should be traditionally styled – extremes of fashion such as shaved hair, beads, braids, unnatural tints, dyes and highlights are not acceptable.
“If a student arrives at school with inappropriate uniform or appearance arrangements are made to continue with learning in isolation while contact is made with parents to arrange to resolve the problem.”
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