A student was placed into isolation on his first day back in school in view of his messed-up hair color. Watch him and his mum talk about the matter beneath:
Jacob Lee Stokes, 15, chosen to test when he was bored during the lockdown, dying the dust his hair pink and blue prior to cleaning it out and bleaching it, leaving him with a portion of his normal ginger hair and some blonde.
His mum, Gemma Leaning, said that Jacob’s school, Humberstone Academy, close to Grimsby, wasn’t right to isolate him from his colleagues following quite a while of learning from home on his own.
Albeit the school says it is ’empathetic to the circumstance, it likewise demands that families ought to have taken appropriate steps’ regarding presentation, given they have had fourteen days’ warning about students returning – in spite of hairdressers and barbers actually being shut.
Ms. Leaning said to Grimsby Live that she told the school she had no alternative and that she just possessed a couple of canine trimmers herself. The school suggested that she ‘shave it off’.
Her mother said: “Jacob is naturally ginger and it won’t take to try to dye it one colour. There are loads of students with dyed hair. There are some whose hair colour has come back through the roots and looks two-tone. But for some it is acceptable but not for Jacob. After all the weeks of home learning and he goes off to school for8.20am and then I get a call at 9.15am on the first day to say he is in isolation for the whole day, it’s outrageous.
She further added: “I understand the school policy and would normally have taken him to the hairdressers but no one has that option during lockdown. I don’t know what they expect parents to do. They would not say ‘shave your hair’ to a girl. Who is to decide what looks nice and what doesn’t?
She continued: It is not as if he is a naughty pupil. He is part of the school’s Shine Project and is looking at which university he wants to study at. He did all his work in lockdown, set up a mini-enterprise, and is predicted to have good grades.”
Jacob discovered being placed into isolation so distressing that he missed his second day at school due to tension.
Jacob said: “I would like to see schools focus more on how well kids are doing in themselves rather than how they look and how the school looks. All schools need to focus on kids’ mental health and not just say they are looking after students’ mental health. I just want to get back into lessons.”
According to the spokesperson for David Ross Education Trust which runs Humberston Academy said: “Whilst we have high expectations when it comes to uniform, we are also empathetic – so for instance, if a student comes into school without the right uniform, we are able to provide spare items for them to wear.
“We also have clear expectations of appropriate hair styles, including hair dye. Whilst it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to provide details on individual cases, parents and students have known for some time now that the first day back at school would be March 8, and we expect families to take appropriate steps meeting our existing policies for a smooth return back to school.”