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Mum's Anger After Teenage Son Put Into Isolation For 'Extreme Haircut'

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Mum's Anger After Teenage Son Put Into Isolation For 'Extreme Haircut'

A 'disgusted' mum has spoken out after her son's school put him in isolation for a week because of his haircut.

Serena Fowkes, 34, said that her son's hair was cut 'very smartly' before term started, and that it was in its usual style.

However, when son Ryan Wild, 13, returned to Hall Park Academy in Nottingham on Wednesday 5 September, his hair became the source of controversy - and was put into isolation for a week the following Monday.

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Fowkes told Nottinghamshire Live: "Since he started the school in year 7 he has had the same haircut and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

"On Monday he was put into isolation because of his hair, he had to sit in a cubicle and stare at a wall instead of being in lessons and I think that is disgusting - why should he miss out on his education when he has done nothing wrong?

"When I have been at the school I have seen plenty of other kids with very messy and long scraggly hair and Ryan's hair is very smart."

The mum-of-four also said that her son had felt picked on after what happened, and was upset about being put in isolation for the week.

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She added: "Every time he is put in isolation I will just go and pick him up now.

"I have four children aged five, four and I have just had a newborn baby - this is a lot of added stress for me."

The Redhill Academy Trust has not commented on the incident, but its website does outline the haircut policy.

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It says: "We expect hair styles to be neat and tidy and not extreme in any way.

"This includes tightly-shaven hair, tramlines or the use of brightly-coloured dyes.

"In the interest of student safety, long hair must be tied back in PE lessons."

Ryan isn't the only youngster to have found himself in a similar situation recently.

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Chikayzea Flanders, also 13, was told his dreadlocks breached the appearance policy during his first day at Fulham Boys School in West London last year.

But his family, who are Rastafarian, launched a legal case against the school, claiming that the rules were discriminatory.

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They then won the legal battle, meaning that Flanders will be allowed to wear his dreadlocks in school, as long as they are tied up and do not reach the top of his collar.

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Topics: News, UK

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