A 12-year-old boy was sent home for having a “short back and sides” haircut, say his outraged parents.
Cody Holbrook’s mum and dad claim they were told he would either have go home or be put in isolation away from his friends.
The trouble started when he had his hair cut on Thursday last week.
His mum Mandi said nothing had been said to him about it the next day when he went in to his school, Ysgol Friars in Bangor.
But on Tuesday this week the Year 7 pupil, who has learning difficulties, was apparently told his hair wasn’t acceptable because it was shaved shorter on one side than the other.
His parents say they now have to check his hair with a ruler until it measures at least a grade two clipper length.
Mrs Holbrook, 37, from Amlwch, said: “They wanted to put him in isolation because of his haircut. They said it was too short around the ears.
“He got really upset. They then said he could sit outside someone’s office but he felt everyone would be looking at him. They said the only other option was to pick him up and keep him off school until it grows back.
“I think it’s bloody stupid. He’s smart and wearing his proper uniform. He loves going to school and he wants to go back. He gets the school bus on his own which is a real achievement for him.”
Cody’s father David called it a “petty” decision.
He said: “He looks very smart. It’s a short back and sides like they had in the old days.
“He’s there to learn and he has difficulties as it is. It’s ok to go to school looking like a long-haired hippie but not if it’s smart.
“We have to keep checking it with a ruler until it’s at least the length of a grade two cut.”
Mr Holbrook said Cody’s older sister Leah used to attend Friar’s with purple dyed hair but was never sent home.
He added: “They will fine you for taking your kids out of school for a holiday but they will take Cody out of school because he has got short hair. I think he should be allowed back.”
Ysgol Friars did not comment directly on Cody’s haircut but issued a general statement.
It said: “At Ysgol Friars we are very proud of the high standards shown by the very vast majority of our pupils. The school has a very clear, simple and affordable uniform.
“The uniform requirements have been made clear to parents and pupils through the prospectus, handbooks for parents of year 7 pupils, a number of meetings, letters and posters. There are mannequins with correct uniform in reception.
The uniform requirements have been made clear to parents and pupils through the prospectus, handbooks for parents of year 7 pupils, a number of meetings, letters and posters
Cody's school Ysgol Friars in a statement
“When a student does not have the correct uniform and has no explanation, no note from home, no medical reason and there is no way for them to be correctly presented, their parents are given the option of taking the child home again or for their child to attend school and continue with their school work but not in the normal circulation of the school.
“This latter option, usually the one preferred by parents, is the one taken in this instance.
“This is not a punishment, it is a means for the child to attend school without being in the normal circulation of the school out of uniform.
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“It allows their schooling to continue whilst allowing time for the uniform problem to be corrected.”
Earlier this month Ethan Lewis, 12, was kicked out of class because his mohican haircut was deemed “extreme”.
In January this year Josiah Sharpe, 5, was banned from his school playground after his haircut was also said to be “extreme”.
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