Norfolk schoolboy put in isolation for short hair cut

The BBC reports that A boy was put in isolation at his school for having his hair cut too short.

Damon Steel, 15, was told his short back and sides cut must grow back before he could return to classes at his school in West Walton, Norfolk.

The Wisbech teenager has now been taken out of school by his mother Elizabeth Steel, who said it was wrong to punish him for a haircut.

Damon, an Army cadet, had his hair cut on 19 June. The barber gave him a “number three on the top and a zero at the sides”, he said.

The next day he was called in by staff and told the style was not suitable, Mrs Steel said.

“I always thought isolation was for pupils who’d been naughty, or bullies. Damon had a haircut,” Mrs Steel said.
“I’m keeping him off school because I don’t agree with sending him in for isolation.”

Mrs Steel is due to meet the head teacher to discuss the matter.Marshland High School has refused to comment.​

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Would this happen in your school?  How can a haircut effect their learning capabilities?  Comment below or via twitter ~Mercedes

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  1. tsuchan

    I declare an interest in this story: I’m a taxpayer. Taxpayers have no right of intervention for services into which our taxes are spent, but we are entitled to give a view (most tangibly at the ballot box) as to whether we’re paying too much or too little.

    There’s currently a national debate in the UK about whether we should be paying more for public services. Schools have argued that they have too little money.

    But every time I see flagrant waste in public services, I see a service which needs to be cut further. It may be that within a school, hospital or police force, vital services are being underfunded while ridiculous services are being funded; but I can only take a view based on what I see.

    I hear complaints from teachers that cuts will mean they lose teachers. But then in cases like this I see teachers are being allocated one-to-one because some head teacher has decided a pupil’s hair is too short for him to be taught in a class. So the argument for more teachers is already lost: that school clearly has an excess of teachers and one too many head teachers since they aren’t kept busy with important matters. That’s the better part of £100k saved.

    Do all schools have surplus teachers allocated one-on-one to pupils who I would deem suitable to be taught in a class? Could we agree on a further 5% budget to the schools budget being realistic, with a view to taking further slices if this obvious waste continues?

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