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A mum who gave her son a lockdown haircut to keep his hair out of his eyes has been left fuming after the youngster's school deemed it 'too short' and placed him in isolation.
With barbers closed during the lockdown, Hannah Clews, 33, was forced to give 12-year-old son Niall a DIY haircut after his curly locks grew so long they were covering his eyes.
Hannah cut it down to between a grade two and a grade one on the back and sides, and trimmed the hair on top.
But Hannah says when Niall returned to school the next week, he was told his hair was 'too short' and not in line with the school rules.
The Year Seven pupil was then placed in a separate classroom and isn't allowed to have lunch with his pals or join them at break time.
Hannah, from Rowley Regis in the West Midlands, said: "Niall has curly ginger hair and because of lockdown, it was going all in his eyes and over his ears.
"I'm no barber - I just cut the sides so it looked smart and neat for school as he was getting annoyed with it.
"His haircut is a grade two faded to a grade one, so I'm aware it's against the policy, but again, I'm not a barber and I didn't intend for it to go that short!
"I'd have thought it looked much more professional to cut it short at the sides than not at all, but the school have said it's too short and he has to isolate until it grows back to a reasonable standard in line with their policy.
"Everywhere is closed and it looks so much smarter than it did. Also, he has always had his hair at a grade one around the sides and never been picked up on it before.
"He's in an isolation room the whole day, including lunch, and he can't go outside for fresh air. He also doesn't get the practical side of his lessons as it's all online - something that he's done on and off for the past year already!
"Niall has a squeaky clean record and is a very bright child. This has really upset him as he feels he is being tarnished the same as naughty children for something way out of his control.
"He said he spent an entire day last week without speaking a single word. It's not fair."
St Michael's Church of England High School declined to comment, but the school's uniform policy has a section on hair that explains: "Hair should be neat and smart.
"Hair should be a single, natural colour, no shorter than a grade 2. No extreme styles, including 'tramlines', sculpting, shaving, patterns or undercuts."
Hannah is calling on the school to show a bit of 'compassion' given the unusual circumstances we've all been living through the past 12 months.
She added: "Niall is a tough cookie but he really did not enjoy his time in isolation and he didn't want to go there again today because he can't talk all day or have lunch with his friends.
"They're already struggling with settling into a new school and new friends so it's not making it any easier. I'm just concerned how our kids are being treated when they've been through so much."
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