My daughter was put in detention on day one of school over the HEEL of her new shoes | The Sun
A FURIOUS dad has told how his daughter was put in detention on the first day of school over the heel of her new shoes.
Gavin Mitchell claims as many as 35 Year 11 students, including his daughter, were put in a “reset room” all day over the dress code in Bodmin College, Cornwall.
The dad says many parents were not contacted by the school over the issue – and that he is “fuming” over the decision.
Mr Mitchell told Cornwall Live: “They were denied an education on their first day and they weren’t even given a warning.
“The workplace is strict, if you go in with the wrong shoes, you get a verbal warning but [the college is] torturing kids to make sure the parents buy the right shoes.”
The college’s website shows pictures of the “proper” school shoes under the uniform policy.
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The post from June says “shoes should be plain black, polishable or patent, and unbranded with no logos”.
However, a week before school began, the school said on Facebook that the shoes need to have a “defined heel”.
But many parents had already bought shoes before this addition to the rules.
Mr Mitchell explained: “They came out with vague specifics on what shoes they want but they failed to notify parents.
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“Most parents found out through their own kids that they were in reset because the school didn’t tell them.”
He added: “They were still adequate and presentable shoes without brand names, they just didn’t have a defined heel.”
Mr Mitchell says his daughter was forced to borrow a pair of shoes for the rest of the school week from a friend.
Tilly-Rose Turner’s brother, who also attends Bodmin College, was placed in detention on the same day because of his shoes.
She too said that while she understands the need for a uniform policy, she finds it unfair that parents were not notified of the change in rules until the last minute.
“There was a letter sent to parents at the end of last term regarding new school shoes and the uniform and then last week they put a post on their Facebook page saying shoes need to have a defined heel.”
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“My brother’s shoes were still black and they were appropriate but they didn’t have a defined heel.
“On the first day back [the college] put them all in the quad, inspected them and took a group of them to reset. They weren’t even given a warning and some parents weren’t even notified by the school, they found out through their kids.”
Tilly said she believes the punishment was unfair and that the students should have been given a warning before being placed in detention.
“My brother was so excited for his first day and he was crushed when he was put in reset because he’s never had detention before.
“It’s the most important day of secondary school and he couldn’t see his friends or go to any lessons."
It comes after a dad at another school said his daughter was left with agonising blisters – after her school forced her into shoes that were too small.
When the unnamed girl's new shoes didn't arrive, her parents put her in black ballet-style kicks but was told by staff they had to be closed.
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At school on Tuesday, the 15-year-old was reportedly handed size sevens despite being an eight and told "that's all we've got, put them on".
The Sun has contacted Bodmin College for comment.
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