A FURIOUS mum has blasted teachers who “humiliated” her teenager daughter for wearing “too tight” trousers.
Francesca Negus, 14, was ordered to take her snug pair off by school chiefs – and swap them for ‘Bridget Jones’ elasticated ones from the staff room instead.
Francesca was told her trousers were “too tight” – and given a ‘Bridget Jones’ pair from the school office instead[/caption]
Teachers said the youngster’s tight trousers broke uniform rules at Dereham Neatherd High School in Norfolk.
But her angry mum Theresa Lee, 51, has rubbished the claim – and blasted school bosses for “mentally harming” kids over body image.
She also suggested the school should provide uniform, instead of parents, if teachers were going to moan about standards.
Theresa, from Shipdham, near Dereham, said: “I agree with school uniform, but I think they are just picking for picking’s sake to lord power over the kids.
“If they are going to be so picky, maybe the school should start providing it because children are being punished for the way that their parents have interpreted the uniform policy – they have not gone out and bought it themselves.
“It is such a pathetic thing to have a go at a school child for. Why chastise them for something so minimal and meaningless?”
“HUMILIATING AND DEGRADING”
Fuming Theresa admitted her daughter had a separate uniform row with teachers last year.
She added: “I had a problem with her school skirt last year, because like many girls she is slim with long legs.
“What the length of a skirt has to do with her ability to learn I have no idea.
“The way the teachers are dealing with it is degrading and humiliating and it is making the girls more body-conscious.
“I think they are doing the children harm mentally. It is no wonder some of them don’t want to go to school.”
Dereham Neatherd High School is a co-ed comprehensive with 1,227 pupils aged 11 to 16.
Headteacher Chris Smith said uniform policies ensured disadvantaged pupils were not “left behind” with the latest fashion trends.
And he revealed parents were told before the summer holidays about what uniform they should buy their children – and the standards the school expected.
He said Francesca was given the so-called ‘Bridget Jones’ replacement pair of trousers in a bid to nip the problem in the bud.
Mr Smith said: “Sometimes a child can get it wrong but to further the education of children, we ensure the child has the opportunity to swap the piece of clothing that do not conform with the policy or for a parent to quickly resolve the issue by bringing the correct uniform.
“It is the last resort that a child would then continue their studies away from their normal teaching group.”
The youngster also had a row with school bosses last year over the length of her skirt[/caption]
Mum Theresa has slammed school chiefs for giving kids anxiety over uniform[/caption]
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