A school caused a stir after they sent one of their students home because she turned up with long white braids which breached the uniform rules of the institution.
14-year-old Chanise Benson, turned up at George Pindar School in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, after making hair for her sister’s birthday over half term, but unfortunately, teachers weren’t fans of such hairdo so they sent her home.
But her father wouldn’t have any of that as he has accused the school of double standards because one of Chanise’s friends has dreadlocks.
Darren, 39, said: “It cost £140 and will stay in her hair for a year so it won’t be coming out.
“One of her friends at the school, who has Jamaican heritage, has the same style of hair cut but with a red stripe in it rather than white and she has been allowed to remain.
“I’ve read the policy regarding haircuts – and I can’t see what rule she has broken.”
He said he contacted North Yorkshire County Council and was told to raise his objection with his daughter’s school directly.
A policy document on the school’s website states: “Please note we do not allow extreme, unnatural hairstyles or colouring. Any hair accessories should be of a practical nature and should not be decorative.
“If you are in doubt please contact your child’s tutor at the school. Hair should be no shorter than a Grade 3 cut.
“Please be aware that what is and is not acceptable will be decided by the school in line with this policy and the school’s decision is final.
“Please note that in sending your child to George Pindar School that you are agreeing to ensure your child abides by this policy.
“If you have any queries or questions regarding any aspect of uniform, jewellery, hairstyle, please could you contact the school.”
In reaction, the school’s spokesman said: “It is the first time I have heard about the matter and obviously, with it being half-term, there is no way I can get the full background details about the matter.”
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