School’s ponytail drugs claim angers mother

The BBC is reporting that a mother has branded her son’s primary school “ridiculous” after it linked his hairstyle to drug-taking…

ponytail letter via BBC

Picture from the BBC

Joe Head, 11, wore his hair in a short ponytail in tribute to Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovich.

But Pope Paul Catholic Primary in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, said in a letter the style was “unsuitable” and “associated with drug-taking”.

The school apologised for any upset caused and said would be happy to discuss the matter with Joe’s parents.

Mother Mandy Head said her son brought the letter home two days after he began wearing the ponytail.

In it, head teacher Helen Lines said she did not feel the style was suitable for school, and she was “given to believe [it] is associated with drug-taking”.

Mrs Head said at first she had thought the statement was “so ridiculous” she had found it funny.

“But afterwards I became upset that she could associate drug-taking and my son in the same letter and it became offensive,” she said…

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Apologies for two hair stories in two days but these are somewhat bizarre comments from the head are they not? What do you reckon? 


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  1. reddeviljp

    SchoolsImprove LeeJasper Schools – designed to enforce conformity and intolerant of individual expression. That is not the way to educate.

  2. suzanneshine

    LeeJasper SchoolsImprove This week a custody visitor heard for the first time what ‘Theft by Finding’ means. No finders keepers..penalties

  3. suzanneshine

    LeeJasper SchoolsImprove Whatever age you are certain laws out there even adults and teenagers can be ignorant off innocently.

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The “drug taking” reference is naïve but silly ponytails & copying Zlatan Ibrahimovic ought to be discouraged at all costs!!

  5. ThePaulHeasman

    SchoolsImprove carol45belper oh dear with views like that you can easily imagine the Head also believes in creation & that would a worry!

  6. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I look forward to the Head sending home all the crack-head primary aged girls with pony tails…

  7. GC_Montessori

    SchoolsImprove hairstyles have nothing to do with education and judging your students based on assumptions is doing more damage to them.

  8. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove Girls at my daughter’s school must wear their hair up, although I’m not sure that they’re idolising Ibrahimovic

  9. andylutwyche

    “andrew_1910: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Are they tattooed? :-)” Could be with 50 names of One a Direction fans

  10. supernash69

    andylutwyche andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove one thing to say on this matter gentlemen. Remember we are ‘learning in the light of Christ’ here

  11. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove I agree that having a policy on acceptable hairstyles is fine, drugs comment makes policy and HT look petty and stupid

  12. GS_gfreeman

    getcarter66 gdmorewood SchoolsImprove How can we expect to show children that stereotyping is wrong when………….

  13. GS_gfreeman

    getcarter66 gdmorewood SchoolsImprove To think….only yesterday, 1 of my Y7 Nurt Group explained what stereotyping is, + why it’s wrong!

  14. morris_emma

    SchoolsImprove I saw a photo of the child sporting the pony tail. It was quite daft. However, I would have let it go. A fad for a week.

  15. jopil1304

    SchoolsImprove how can hair styles stop children from learning annoys me,it’s the same when they don’t wear right shoes

  16. WorldWithoutEnd

    SchoolsImprove AskMissSanchez Unlike the Headteacher’s surname, which is in no way drug related. What’s the deputy called, Mr Crackpipe?

  17. AskMissSanchez

    Ha! WorldWithoutEnd SchoolsImprove It’s so hilariously daft! Also love that ponytail is in inverted commas…Suspicious little ponytail.

  18. LPLFlippedEng

    SchoolsImprove Seriously? The woman is a moron. How did she get to be a Head? To think she is in charge of S’s education…OMG..

  19. wraitken

    SchoolsImprove unbelievable letter, and very badly written, I mean those run on sentences, go on forever, and overuse of commas, and lol

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