A furious woman says she has been called a “bad mum” after her son was banned from school over his 4cm high mohawk because it could poke another child in the eye.
Six-year-old Charlie Chafer, chose a “neat” version of the punk hairstyle himself, before his mum claims she was called by his school and told the hairstyle was not acceptable and he would not be allowed in class until he changed it.
The British stay-at-home mum alleges that when she brought Charlie back to Drayton Park Primary School in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, this week she was told to shave her son’s head or take him home.
Kirstie-Lea Day, 26, said the school’s eventual solution to allow Charlie back into class was to put water on his hair to flatten his mohawk down.
Ms Day, who is now threatening to move her son to a different school, said it wasn’t fair for Charlie to have to shave his head.
“It’s just a small, neat mohawk – it doesn’t affect his learning, or the other students.
“The school said it was not suitable and would distract the other children and him,” she said.
“I was even told he needed to shave his head for safety reasons, as it could poke someone in the eye.
“What his teacher did to allow him back to class, the solution was to wet his hair and push it to the side. They tried to give him that ‘pretty boy look’, but it’s not long enough so it looked horrid.
“I kept Charlie off school for the next three days and when I got a call from the school asking the reason why, I told them ‘because he isn’t allowed due to his hair’.
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“They said that was not the case and said he was allowed as long as he had his hair flattened. They accused me of being a bad mum and said I was stopping him from learning.
“The staff made me cry in front of my son and this is unacceptable. It’s not fair, he loves his haircut and the whole situation has affected him.”
After several days off, Charlie went back to school on Wednesday with no product in his hair, but Ms Day claims his teacher still flattened it with water.
On Drayton Park Primary School’s website, it states “the school does not permit children to have ‘extreme’ haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children”.
But Ms Day claims many other children at the school have extreme haircuts such as shaved lines and stars, and beaded braids.
The singe mother said her boy has now come home from school saying he doesn’t want to go back because he doesn’t like his hair flattened.
“I am now thinking I might have to move him to another school because he isn’t happy there because of it.”
– Caters News