A student was removed from his classroom and placed in isolation over an ‘extreme haircut’ – because he was showing too much scalp.
Sharon Kitts, 53, was horrified to hear that her son Mason had been taken out of class and made to sit with the head of year for the day.
Ms Kitts, from Great Wakering in Essex, said her 11-year-old son arrived at King Edmund School on Wednesday only to be reprimanded for showing too much scalp.
She said: ‘The barber I take Mason to has been doing boys’ hair for 15 years and he knows what’s allowed at school and what’s not.
‘Children from King Edmund go to him all the time. There is absolutely nothing about his hair that inappropriate and I think he is being victimized.
‘Every child his age wants a haircut which is shortish on the side and longer on top because that is what is in fashion.’
King Edmund School in Rochford is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school.
Its uniform policy states: ‘Hair should be tidy and of a suitable style for school.
‘Hairstyles should be suitable for school with no extremes of fashion. Cut styles must be blended, not stepped.
‘Hair should not be unnaturally coloured. Hair should not be cut so short that the scalp is showing.’
The single mother argued that her Year 7 son’s hair falls completely within the school’s uniform policy.
She said: ‘I thought his hair looked absolutely fine, but instead he was reprimanded at school for it just one day after having it cut. I couldn’t believe it.’
‘There have been times where Mason’s hair may have been a bit short but we have never been told by the school it was so should.
‘When he came home and I looked at his hair, I did not think for a moment that this was going to get him in trouble.
Ms Kitts added that the incident has left her considering school choices in fear of similar incidents happening again.
She said: ‘I would never allow my son at school with a haircut I felt was inappropriate.
‘By doing this they are damaging and he just wants to be a good student and to be doing well.
‘This has got me thinking of taking him to another school.’
Although the issue does not seem to have affected her son, the mother is still concerned about the implications of being removed from class.
She said: ‘He seemed to be fine when he got home, but you just never know do you and I worry.
‘Mason has never been in trouble in his life, he has been doing really well so far and has received loads of achievements and is regularly getting 99% on his online homework.
‘He had just got his hair cut the day before so to then see him punished for that is quite upsetting.’
A King Edmund School spokesman said: ‘When a student’s hairstyle or uniform isn’t in line with school policy, we discuss it with both the student and parent so that the matter can be resolved.
‘As part of this process, the student usually works with their Head of Year for the day.
‘We have high standards as a school, both with uniform and behaviour, and believe that these are one of the ways that we help students to achieve well and prepare them for adult life.’