A SCHOOLBOY who has been sporting the same haircut for five years was kicked out of class as his trademark mohican haircut was deemed “extreme.”
Ethan Lewis, 12, from Kent has sensory issues which make haircuts difficult and so sticks to one signature style, he also says his unique hair helps him book modelling jobs.
Ethan has been sporting his signature mohican style haircut for five years[/caption]
On his first day in year 8 at Strood Academy in Rochester, Ethan was forced to leave class and instead will be taught one-to-one by his form tutor.
Ethan says he felt “sad, frustrated and awkward” at the decision to remove him from his peers.
Ethan’s dad styled the 12-year-old’s signature mohawk, as he prefers not to go to the hairdressers.
But the grade 0.5 sides have been deemed too short, leaving Ethan’s mum furious.
Ethan’s mum, Romaine Coonghe has slammed the decision and claimed the school are being “discriminatory”.
Romaine says that Ethan, who has “partly Afro-Caribbean style hair and partially European hair” and also finds social situations difficult, struggles to keep his hair “neat.”
Romaine said: “The school doesn’t seem to understand how difficult it is to keep his hair neat so we try to keep it as short and tight as possible.
“Ethan can’t cope with going to the hairdressers because of his sensory problems. The buzzing of the clippers and the hair in his face really distresses him.
“It is so unfair that he has been humiliated and made an example of.
“It is almost like he is being treated as a criminal – it is too severe.
“He didn’t even want a haircut and it was our mistake for cutting it too short.
“I understand that rules are rules but what difference does 0.5cm of hair make?” Romaine added.
Ethan also occasionally works as a child model and recons his unique hair style helps him to book jobs as “people know him for his mohican,” his mum claims.
But the principal of Ethan’s school, Kim Gunn has defended her decision.
“At the end of the school year we sent out a letter to parents and then again during the holidays. We detailed exactly what the pupils should be wearing, including uniform, jewellery and hair.
“We have said no extreme haircuts and the head teacher has the final say.
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“I can understand there may be extenuating circumstances but it is a basic ground rule – if pupils think they can get away with haircuts then they will think the teachers won’t mind if they start misbehaving.
“If other pupils see their peers with different haircuts, they will want one too, so all pupils breaking the rules have been removed from their classes.
“They are not missing any learning, they are working with their form tutors.”
Ethan Lewis, 12, was put in isolation as his hair was deemed inappropriate[/caption]
The grade 0.5 sides were deemed ‘too short’[/caption]
Ethan’s mum says he’s known for his hair[/caption]
Romaine says the school are being ‘discriminatory’[/caption]
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