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School orders boy with dreadlocks to cut hair or face suspension.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by delmamerchant, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    I cannot believe that this sort of ridiculous request is still being asked in the 21st Century. How can you deny someone the right to express their religion? Have they not read the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Children? If the reporting is right, then to have a rule saying 'no dreadlocks at school,' could be perceived as anti religion, re a specific religion. If I was a remainer I would blame this on the Brexit vote but this to me appears to be Religiously motivated: and the same issue comes up time and time again in relation to Caribbean hair styles. Shame on you Fulham Boy's School. Head teacher defends himself by saying that it is a strict academic school - what an inflammatory comment with so many implications.
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  2. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    My grandson has a huge afro and also goes to s strict academic school. The HT has complimented him on his amazing hair.
  3. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    How ridiculous!!! :rolleyes:

    Give the kids a bit of freedom rather than make a sick for your own back. I've never been a big fan of standard hair styles as, TBH, unless the student is forever playing, there is no harm.
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  4. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    As I understand it, the school uniform policy was made clear to the mother prior to the start of term. As the mother knew what the uniform requirements were before term started, why not discuss the issue in advance rather than starting this media storm. If she is unhappy with the school's policy surely she can take her son to a school with a different policy.
  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I suspect there are many institutions in which dreadlocks would not be permitted, including the armed forces, the police, the fire brigade and several others. This school is one such. There are alternatives.

    Conformity to institutional expectations is part of life. I am not exactly overflowing with sympathy for the boy or his mother.
  6. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    Spot on.:)
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  7. calamansi

    calamansi Lead commenter

    Are sikh boys permitted to have plaits?
  8. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    You should google it.
  9. calamansi

    calamansi Lead commenter

    I've tried, without success, and I'm tenacious.
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    He had them tied up and out of the way. Does that mean the school would not employ a teacher with dreads? He looked smart enough to me. I can't imagine the police service refusing to employ him. If they did I'd be wondering if there was a bit more to it than his hairstyle. Which is what I am wondering about this school. Bottom line. What harm is he doing?

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  11. Northernsole

    Northernsole Occasional commenter

    The school has a policy. If they do not like it, find a school that accomodates them. I have zero respect for this pseudo religion, which is demonstatably misogynistic and racist.
  12. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Suspect he does not ' conform ' - enough said. Have not read / looked at the ' story ' but I hope he goes onto find a cure for cancer.
  13. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

  14. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    At one secondary school in Somerset, children with "extreme" hair styles are always sent home until they are sporting a more conventional style. Parents who challenge this are directed to the school on the other side of town. I understand that so far 99% have complied and so remain at that school.

    Funny haircut = bad behavior
    Confucious. : )
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  15. install

    install Star commenter

    I am all for individuality....:cool:
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Her Maj has a YR 12 nephew with a huge Afro. Didn't stop him acing his GCSEs or being employed at the age of 16 by a major London software company in his school holiday to do coding! He earns more already than many young teachers and he was only 16 in February.

    He is also as docile and compliant as they come.

    Girls can have long hair and tie it up. Why can't boys?
  17. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    The key is in the posts above - it is not the army it is an educational institution. It can have a dress code, uniform and policies but the children do have human rights. They have the right to be individuals and to be different, to have cultural needs, so on, within constraints.
    For example, they don't have the right to interfere with the rights of others, for example, by disrupting lessons, upsetting teachers, hurting teachers or other students, damaging school property and so on.
    We live in a society where leading men and women wear funny wigs to maintain our laws and exercise power over others. So making a fuss about dreadlocks is just so silly. And it is discrimination. For which we have laws and a legal system led by people with dreadlocks.
  18. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    This. It's his gender rather than his race that seems to be the issue for the school.
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  19. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I watched the interview with the mother and son on This Morning. She said they had met the Head on a couple of occasions before the boy started the school. The Head said nothing about his hair, at that time.
    The poor lad was taken out of class on his first day and put into isolation, where he would remain until he had it cut.

    It sounds like it was handled badly by the school.
  20. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Well yes - how many 'emotionally intelligent ' Heads have you worked for ? :(
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