Furious mum removes daughter, 14, from school after she’s put in isolation for purple hair – The Sun
A FURIOUS mum has removed her daughter from school after teachers branded her new purple hairdo a violation of their uniform code.
Orchard Mead Academy in Hamilton, Leicester, told 14-year-old Eva Herbert her hair breached the school’s "Dressed for Success" uniform policy and placed the teen in isolation.
Eva, who dyed her hair during the summer holidays, was told she would have to dye her hair back to a natural shade before she could return to lessons.
But mum Claire has decided to take drastic action and pull the teen out of the school altogether.
Claire, a salon owner, said: "I’m furious about this. Eva has always had different hair colours.
Having your hair coloured can make you feel more confident but it will not affect your behaviour
“Before the summer holidays it was green and nobody at the school had a problem with it.
“Her hair is actually more plum than purple and it is neat and tidy in a ponytail.
“Her uniform is always smart but now it’s an academy they’ve got this new posh uniform policy.
“They’ve said I need to dye it but I’m not going to, no way.
"Having your hair coloured can make you feel more co nfident but it will not affect your behaviour.
"Merit, character, work ethic, drive, and values should be the focus of the education system, not appearance.
"Hairstyles do not affect the personal growth, rate of learning, or grades of students."
While off school, Ms Herbert says Eva has been doing maths work online.
She added: “Eva finds the whole thing ridiculous.
"Eva’s hair colour is a semi-permanent hair colour.
"I am not willing to put any more chemicals on her hair to remove the colour.
"The colour will wash out over a period of time.
"I trust that whilst this case is being resolved Eva will remain in class gaining an education, failing this if she is put in to isolation, I will personally be removing her from the school until this matter is resolved."
In a letter to Ms Herbert, assistant principal Katie Lowe said the academy had high expectations for its students and that students must not have "extreme hair styles or colours which would be deemed unacceptable in a professional business environment".
She said: “Eva’s purple hair falls short of those expectations and we would like to work together to remedy this.
“The academy reserves the right to decide what is deemed acceptable in the case of all uniform requirements."
As kids all over the UK head back to school, there have been a number of uniform issues reported, with fed-up parents baring the brunt of back-to-school uniform rows.
A dad was furious after his daughter was "humiliated" by teachers who put her in isolation because her trousers were "too short."
And this schoolboy's signature haircut was deemed "extreme," resulting in the year 8 being excluded from lessons.
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