Faculty orders teenager to REMOVE POPPY as a result of it’s ‘too massive’

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A TEENAGER was ordered to remove her poppy by her school because bosses said it was the “wrong size”.

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UNIFORM: The 13-year-old’s poppy was only 1cm larger than the version sold by official sellers (Pic: Archant)

The headteacher at Courtney Dougal’s school ruled the knitted emblem was too big to be worn with her uniform.

But the 13-year-old’s poppy was only 1cm larger than the paper versions sold by official sellers from the Royal British Legion.

Courtney’s dad Raymond, 69, said: “I am absolutely disgusted that they have made her take the poppy off.

“It is a little bit on the larger side, but that is what makes it. If it was huge and looked ridiculous I would not have sent her in it. As it is it looks lovely.”

“I am absolutely disgusted that they have made her take the poppy off”

Raymond Dougal

He added: “She is only little so that probably makes it look bigger than it is.

“I said to Courtney to just go in and wear it, but she didn’t dare.”

Courtney’s poppy was bought from a woman in their local pub who started knitting her own tributes to boost the Royal British Legion’s coffers.

But despite the outcry from the family, headteacher Barry Smith at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, East Anglia, refused to change his mind.

He said it was “inappropriate” for the poppy to be worn in school.

A statement from the school said: “Poppies are available in school and we encourage pupils and staff to wear them. “Unfortunately in this case we felt that the large knitted poppy was not appropriate to wear in school.”

The statement added: “We are keen that pupils recognise and respect the sacrifices made in war, and pupils are being encouraged to learn the poem In Flanders Field.

“Many will be taking part in the town’s Remembrance Day service on November 11.

“We are also refurbishing and relocating plaques commemorating former pupils who served in battle as a permanent reminder of that important heritage.”

A spokesman for The Royal British Legion said: “The Legion is grateful for every poppy worn and for every school that permits its students to wear poppies.

“But we respect the fact that each school has its own policy and would never insist upon these things or claim them as our right.

“To do so would be contrary to the spirit of Remembrance and all that the poppy stands for.”

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