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Pupil isolated for hair cut

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

  • HAIR TODAY . . . Ashley Street-Mason, 12, from West Way, Stafford

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AN ANGRY parent has threatened to withdraw his son from school after he was isolated for having “tramlines” cut into his hair.

Darren Street said he was incensed over the treatment of Ashley Street-Mason, 12, by King Edward VI High School.

But headteacher Russell Davis has defended the school’s actions as he says it is clearly stated in the school rules that tramlines are banned.

Mr Street told the Newsletter his son had the two shaven lines put into his hair two weeks ago and they were noticed by the school last Thursday Since then his son has been separated from other pupils and put into a room with a teacher to do his work until his hair grows or is cut.

Mr Street said: “I fully understand there are rules and I support that but this is over the top.”

Mr Davis said: “We have high standards and school policies show that such hairstyles are not allowed. It was clearly explained to pupils in the past and information has previously been sent to parents.

“Ashley was withdrawn from lessons and completed his work in a separate area and was supervised.

“This is a rule that we have to enforce. If he was to go into lessons and other pupils saw the tramlines we could potentially have a problem in the rest of the school.” 

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  • SayMay  |  February 06 2013, 1:30PM

    Its about time Head Teachers stood up to disfunctional children and their parents. Well done Mr Davis !! For a parent to critisize a school for making them follow rules just shows what home life this poor boy must have. Lets hope this shows the lad and his parents that regardless of crying to the paper about something you have clearly done wrong, there are Head Teachers out there that stick to rules and discipline. You never know, this school may just keep him out of a Young Offenders Institute of which he was clearly heading.

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  • trejon  |  February 02 2013, 11:05AM

    I say good on Russell Davis and King Edward V1 High School for standing by THEIR rules. What sort of message are the parents of the child sending to their son when they seem to think that they do not have to abide by the rules and regulations that the school had made quite clear. It's a pity that parents nowadays seem to think that they have the right to question authority. No wonder there is so much crime when we have a generation that have grown up with the attitude that is exhibited here.

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