A schoolboy was placed in isolation for having his hair cut too short, just one day after he told by a teacher that it was too long. Nice and confusing, eh?
Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Soares was told by a teacher at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, in Norfolk, that his hair was too long, and he needed a trim. So, he took himself off to his local barbers and paid a tenner for a haircut - no big deal, right?
Or so you'd think, but the following day when he arrived at school another teacher told him off as his hair was too short.
Jonathan Soares got his hair cut after being told it was too long. Credit: SWNS
Due to his fresh trim, Jonathan was placed in isolation for the week, meaning he had to work alone, which has left his mum Sophia worried it may have a negative impact on his GCSEs.
Sophia, 35, said: "It's ridiculous. It seems to me like they are making an example out of Jonathan.
"I understand that they need to have the correct uniform and look smart but there are no patterns in it and it's not an outrageous colour - it's just a short back and sides.
"In my eyes how he chooses to have his hair cut is up to him."
Jonathan, who has naturally curly hair, is also worried that being placed in isolation may mean he doesn't get a place at East Norfolk Sixth Form College next year.
He was placed in isolation for the week due to his haircut. Credit: SWNS
Sophia added: "You should not isolate a child for their haircut. A haircut does not stop you from learning.
"He is not the only child in that school with that haircut either - it's discrimination.
"He's not learning anything in isolation now so he might as well be at home."
A spokesperson for the Inspiration Trust, who run a number of schools right across Norfolk and Suffolk, has said that parents and pupils know the rules and are made aware of the punishments if they break them.
They said: "Great Yarmouth Charter Academy's guidelines on uniform and appearance have been well publicised, and families and pupils are well aware of the school's requirements around haircuts.
"These are not difficult to follow, and if pupils choose to go against them they do so knowing the sanctions they are likely to face."
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