A schoolboy who went to school with his hair in braids has been removed from his classrooms and placed in seclusion after teachers deemed his hairstyle “extreme”.
Lillian Haig, 14, has been placed in an Exmouth Community College “reflection room”, where pupils continue their lessons in isolation, after teachers said there was a problem wearing his hair in braids.
The pupil, who plays rugby regularly at Devon School, decided to tie his hair in braids over the weekend to keep it out of his face, but the staff told him he should instead keep his hair down.
His mother, Kirsty, has now criticized the school’s policy as an “absolute joke” and believes her 14-year-old has the same right to wear braids as the girls at school.
Lillian Haig, 14, has been placed in isolation at Exmouth Community College after teachers said there was a problem with his hair wearing out in braids.
The schoolboy, who plays rugby regularly, decided to tie his hair in braids over the weekend to keep it out of his face.
‘He’s cut his hair for the past 11 years,’ she said, ‘but was told this morning that it was a problem because today it was cut in a pigtail.
His public head said that if his hair was hanging down that wouldn’t be a problem.
He’s basically up front for all the subjects, so obviously it doesn’t affect his learning. It’s an absolute joke.
We personally think he looks smarter with his hair higher than the bottom. He plays rugby a lot, so he tied it up in braids over the weekend to keep it out of his face and he loved it, so he carried it on this morning.
When his hair comes down, it does not cover the rest of his head so you can still see that he has shaved off the sides.
Putting it indoors at school means he has to sit in a room by himself all day.
If he goes to the toilet, he must be accompanied and can only go when all the children are in lessons so that he is not seen. He can’t go to the canteen for lunch. It should be done for him.
Whether his hair is high in braids or down and scruffy, it shouldn’t make a difference at all. If girls can braid hair, why can’t they?
This isn’t the first time the Hague family has bumped into the school over the shaving policy.
The pupil was told before New Year’s Eve if he kept his hair down (pictured) it wouldn’t be a problem
In March, Leylan, who was looking forward to going back to school and socializing with his friends again after months of learning from home, had to spend his first day in seclusion after having his haircut at home.
Just 45 minutes into the school day, he was fired after being told his haircut was “extreme and too short”.
Kirsty said at the time how she had no choice but to cut her hair herself because the salons were still closed, and because her hair-cutting blade had broken, she could only give it a zero around the sides, leaving his long hair on. higher.
The next day, Lealan was allowed out of seclusion and back into the classroom.
Andrew Davis, Principal of Exmouth Community College, explained at the time that the school had high standards in terms of student appearance, and that Lealan’s haircut was considered “a very intense haircut”.
However, when the circumstances were clarified, he said no further action was taken.
In response to the recent complaint about Lealan’s hair, Mr. Davis said: “Our standard rules are very clear and communicated regularly to parents and caregivers at home.
As with many other schools across the country, we expect the hair to be traditional, and do not allow students to cut their hair below first grade or have extreme hair length differences.
The problem in this case was not with the braiding but with the fact that the braiding was done in a very small strip of hair across the top of the head, along with a haircut very close to about 0 degrees, across the rest of the head. .
From what I understand the student in question has previously worn his hair longer, so the shorter nature of his hair on his back and the side of his head was not very noticeable.
We think that the amount of very short hair at around 0 also increased significantly than it was before when we were trying to adjust to leaving the hair in for too long.
Like most schools, we try to accommodate a range of hairstyles without resorting to any punitive measures. This is usually done through discussions with parents and caregivers about what would be acceptable to both parties.
When a student arrives at college with a severe haircut, they are usually placed in our thinking room to continue school work until parents and caregivers are contacted and the problem is resolved.
We apologize for any disruption to a child’s learning, whatever their ability. However, we have made our expectations clear time and time again to all students and their families.
“School rules are also an important part of a child’s education which enables them to understand limits and consequences as they prepare to make their way in the world.”