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Mum furious as son’s ‘extreme haircut’ sees school put him in isolation – again

A schoolboy has been barred from his class after wearing plaits to school.

Lealan Hague, who has long hair, was told by teachers at Exmouth Community College that he has to wear his hair down, rather than in a style of his choice, Devon Live reports.

The school's leadership has classed his plaits as an “extreme haircut”.

Yesterday the Year 10 pupil, 14, was placed in what the school calls the “reflection room” which is essentially forced isolation away from his classmates.

Mum Kirsty has slammed the school, calling the policy an “absolute joke”.

She said: “He is in top set for basically all subjects so it is clearly not affecting his learning – it’s an absolute joke.

“When he has his hair down, it does not cover the rest of his head so you can still see he has shaved hair on the sides.

“Putting him in internal (isolation) at school means he has to sit in a room all by himself all day – if he goes to the toilet he has to be accompanied and can only go when all the children are in lessons so he does not be seen., and he can't go to the canteen for his lunch; that has to be done for him.

“Whether his hair is up in plaits or down and scruffy it shouldn’t make a difference at all.

“If girls can have plaited hair then why can’t he?”

This isn't Lealan's first clash with school leaders over his hair, either, as he spent his first day back from coronavirus-related school closures in March in isolation, having had his hair cut at home.

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It was deemed “extreme and too short” just 45 minutes into the school day.

Exmouth Community College principal Andrew Davis responded to the latest incident by stating that the school's uniform rules are “very clear” and regularly communicated home to parents and carers.

He added: “The issue in this case was not about braiding but was about the fact that the braiding ran in a very small strip of hair across the top of their head, combined with a very close haircut of approximately grade 0, across the rest of their head.

“From what I understand the student in question has previously worn his hair longer and so the shorter nature of his hair on the back and side of his head was not so noticeable.

“We believe that the amount of very short hair at approximately grade 0 has also increased significantly from previously when we were trying to accommodate the situation with the hair left long.”

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