A FURIOUS mum has threatened to pull her daughter out of a top school after she was separated from other pupils – because of her “dip-dye” hairstyle, The Sun reports. Diane Kelley has hit out at the school’s decision to put her teenage daughter into “inclusion” for her ombre hairdo.
Fuming Diane said the 13-year-old was separated from classmates in “inclusion” last week – despite one teacher complimenting the pupil on her new style at the start of term. The 45-year-old mum said: “I support the school policy for pupils going into inclusion for bad behaviour and I totally agree with the uniform policy, but for the colour of hair, I do not. If it was bright red or any other colour I would agree but not when it is just a little lighter.
“I suggested she puts it in a bun so it is all the same colour but that was not acceptable. How is her hair colour affecting her education? She is not allowed out at break or dinner to play with her friends.” Diane, from Walham, North East Lincolnshire, has now threatened to move Daisy to another school unless the academy allows the youngster back into class and ends her inclusion penalty.
Daisy, who wants to be an airline hostess or work in health and beauty, said: “There are loads of people with dip-dyed hair and there are teachers who have their roots showing for their dyed hair. “I had it like this for two weeks and a teacher said she liked it.” Tollbar Academy, in Grimsby, remains firm students are not allowed two-tone, “extreme”, or “vivid” hair colours.
Stephen Moon, Principle of Tollbar Academy, said: “Readers will be aware that the Tollbar Academy Policy on two-tone hair was discussed extensively in the Grimsby Telegraph in September 2005. “This policy is widely published and has not changed. Parents are made aware of our Academy Dress Policy before they accept a place. Parents and students also sign the Home-Academy Agreement, agreeing to support the Academy’s policies when they commence their education at Tollbar.”
But disgruntled Diane, who is a former Tollbar student herself, remains firm and has demanded to see the minutes from the school’s governor’s meeting, where a hair colour ruling was made policy. She added: “It has got to the stage where I don’t want her in inclusion and have kept her at home and have asked for them to send her work here. But I have had no response.
“I think it is dogmatic. There is nothing wrong with her hair. I accept the rules have to be adhered to but they don’t have to be clones.” Tollbar’s school policy states that it is not allowed to have hairstyles which are extreme, with no vivid or two-tone hair colours, NO cuts shorter than a number 1 razor setting, NO patterns cut into hair, NO beaded braids or braids with cotton/material weaves, NO extensions which do not match natural hair colour.
For girls, a normal plain hair-slide, clip or ‘bobble’ is acceptable, but the multitude of hair ornaments favoured by some girls is not. Any hairstyles that have a change in hair length must be blended. Hairstyles must be graduated with no ‘stepped’ patterns or lines.
Mohican hairstyles are not acceptable. This includes stepped haircuts similar to the different styles of Mohican haircuts.