An angry mum has kept her son out of school after she said he was put into isolation because of his haircut.
Leon Anderson, 14, had a post-lockdown haircut on Saturday, getting a number one underneath, two on top and a 'tramline' in between.
His mum, Claire Anderson, 37, said her son was 'really happy' with it. But when he went to the Lynn Grove Academy in Norfolk on Monday, the school wasn't so pleased.
In fact, Claire was told by staff at the Great Yarmouth school that his new haircut was 'too short', and he was put in isolation.
The school's rules say hairstyles shorter than a number two aren't allowed - neither are shaved stripes or tramlines.
Leon was put into isolation for two days and wasn't allowed to leave at break or dinner, and he was also given a 30-minute detention on both days.
But mum-of-four Claire says the rules are 'drastic' and has removed her son from the school because of the way he's been treated.
She says she is going to keep him at home until his hair grows back.
Claire said: "I think it's very unfair and extreme of the school to have put Leon in isolation just because of his haircut.
"If he was in the incorrect uniform I could understand it a bit more. But the length of his hair is not going to affect his schoolwork - and I told the school that.
"They said the haircut was against their policy - but I think they should reconsider their policy to make it a bit more lenient.
"It took a lot for Leon to even go to the hairdresser's, because he's been really anxious about going anywhere after Covid has been about.
"I had to reassure him that it was all very safe and clean.
"But now that the school have reacted like this, it's really knocked his confidence. He feels like the school is against him."
Since Leon's been off school, he's been doing school work online, but Claire is stuck in a stalemate with the school, who want him to finish his isolation.
She added: "I've asked for them to send him some more schoolwork to do at home, but they won't do it.
"They want him to come back into school, and still complete the two days of isolation.
"My thoughts are just to keep him off until his hair grows out a bit - but they're threatening me with a fine now if he doesn't come back to school.
"I'm not very happy about it all. I feel like the school has overreacted to his haircut."
The school principal, Ms Mobbs, said: "Our policies are really clearly communicated - through assemblies, form time, online and by letter - to students and parents.
"We believe that it is very important that school rules are upheld. We believe smart presentation is important for children's future success.
"And our policy hasn't changed in about 10 years."
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