Teacher Tells Red Headed Pupil To Dye Her Hair As 'Orange Isn't A Natural Colour'
A mum has been left furious after her daughter claims a teacher told her to dye her ginger hair because 'orange is not a natural colour'.
Nicola Lane, 31, says she's now put in a complaint at Kearsley Academy, near Bolton, about the comments a teacher made to her 12-year-old daughter Paris.
She says the incident has left her daughter feeling self-conscious about her hair colour.
Paris, who is a natural red-head, said: "I was walking around school and heard somebody say, 'Oi.' I turned around and said, 'Me?' I didn't really see him.
"He said, 'You need to dye your hair back.' He said, 'Orange isn't a natural colour.'
"I then left and walked off."
The youngster added: "They should concentrate on our learning rather than what we look like."
Mum Nicola said she rang the school after hearing what had happened and a member of staff called her back to discuss the 'hair issue' and a 'number of other problems' Paris had been having.
Nicola said: "I had actually bought her a brown hair dye because she's getting bullied about it.
"She was already upset - she's emotional anyway as she gets called all these ginger names."
She continued: "I told [the staff member] about Paris' hair and she giggled and said, 'That's nothing to worry about, we know ginger is her natural colour.' But it's not funny to someone who's already conscious of their hair colour."
Nicola then had a face-to-face meeting with a teacher to discuss her complaint.
"He said, 'I will write that down. Can I speak to Paris about this?'" she recalled
"I gave him permission and he's still not spoken to her.
"Nothing ever seems to get done. Before I used to get a letter home explaining what action had been taken.
"You're left guessing and you don't actually know now."
Frustrated Nicola has said she has since complained to the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) about the school.
A spokesman for Kearsley Academy said: "It is our policy not to comment about any individual student at our academy.
"We always aim to develop a positive relationship with all parents and encourage those who have any specific concerns to speak with the academy."
An Ofsted spokesman said: "While we do not comment on individual schools, we consider all complaints thoroughly.
"Any complaints received about a school are reviewed and when appropriate assessed to see if any actions are required."
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