Mum fumes after ‘extreme’ style lands son, 12, in isolation

Halstead Gazette: Mum fumes after ‘extreme’ style lands son, 12, in isolation Mum fumes after ‘extreme’ style lands son, 12, in isolation

An angry mum has criticised a school for putting her son in isolation because of his haircut.

Sophie Turkentine contacted the Gazette after her 12-year-old son, Aidan Fradley, was allegedly told he would be kept out of class at Ramsey Academy, in Halstead, until either his hair was all shaved to the same grade or it grows back.

The tough stance came after Aidan had the letters “TNA” shaved into his hair on Saturday ahead of a trip to London to watch Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling.

Miss Turkentine, of Mitchell Avenue, initially vowed to keep Aidan off school until after half term so his hair had a chance to grow back and he didn’t have to have it shaved right to the scalp.

But she has since reluctantly had the sides shaved and he returned to class on Wednesday.

Deputy headteacher Calum Leys said: “At The Ramsey Academy it is our aim for students to develop a sense of pride in their work, behaviour and dress."

He added: “While we do not believe that it is appropriate to comment upon individual students in the press, the academy does have clear expectations regarding dress.

“One of these is that ‘extreme hairstyles will not be permitted’."

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5:18pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bridportresident says...

I applaud the school for their actions. Why this ever made it to print amazes me. If an employee turned up to my company with that hairstyle they would be sent home until they could return presenting themselves in a professional manner.

If the child was going to London Zoo for the day would it be acceptable that they wear a penguin costume to school for 6 weeks after rather than their uniform? So why should it be acceptable not to follow the rules on hairstyles just because he had a day trip to watch a wrestling match?
I applaud the school for their actions. Why this ever made it to print amazes me. If an employee turned up to my company with that hairstyle they would be sent home until they could return presenting themselves in a professional manner. If the child was going to London Zoo for the day would it be acceptable that they wear a penguin costume to school for 6 weeks after rather than their uniform? So why should it be acceptable not to follow the rules on hairstyles just because he had a day trip to watch a wrestling match? bridportresident
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3:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Halstead's most celebrated lady hits the headlines yet again!

What an exciting and eventful life she has. I am placing an advance order for her auto-biography right now.

What with mysteriously self combusting hanging baskets; trouser less uninvited visitors at the crack of dawn; bags of dead pheasants in her path - and now this!

She certainly has 'put Halstead on the map'. I can't wait for the next thrilling instalment.

What might it be I ask myself - Abducted by aliens perhaps?
Halstead's most celebrated lady hits the headlines yet again! What an exciting and eventful life she has. I am placing an advance order for her auto-biography right now. What with mysteriously self combusting hanging baskets; trouser less uninvited visitors at the crack of dawn; bags of dead pheasants in her path - and now this! She certainly has 'put Halstead on the map'. I can't wait for the next thrilling instalment. What might it be I ask myself - Abducted by aliens perhaps? OMPITA [Intl]
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