Mum furious at school after her 14-year-old son was suspended for ‘short haircut’

Mum outraged by school’s ‘outdated policies’ after her 14-year-old son was suspended for a ‘simple, short haircut’ that boosted his confidence

An outraged mother whose son was suspended for his new hairstyle has lambasted his “outdated” uniform policies and called for an apology.

Kirsty Sabin, 37, said her 14-year-old son had a ‘simple, short haircut with a single shaved line on the side’ at his local barbers in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.

But shortly after the Year 10 student walked into school with his new style, he was reprimanded by teachers, before being handed a suspension ‘until his hair grows out’.

The teenager, who suffers from ADHD, has had his confidence “boosted” by the new style, according to his mum.

Kirsty Sabin, 37, said her 14-year-old son was disciplined by his school for a

Kirsty Sabin, 37, said her 14-year-old son was punished by his school for a ‘simple, short haircut with a single shaved line on the side’

But he reported to Bulwell Academy the day after his cut on December 7, where he was told he would be in self-isolation.

He refused to accept the punishment “on principle”, for which his mother said she supported him, and was later suspended by the school.

Speaking of her anger at the Nottingham Post, the mum called the coeducational Academy policy ‘ridiculous’ and insisted her son ‘did nothing wrong’.

Ms Sabin, who is a nurse, also spoke of the impact of the punishment on her son, who she said wrote a letter to the school telling them how the incident had left him feeling.

She said that due to the impact of the pandemic on her cohort, the school should relax its rules.

“I think they’re at such a vulnerable age right now. And they were out of school for a long time because of the pandemic – it was hard for them,” she said.

A school spokesperson said:

A school spokesperson said: ‘Our uniform policy has been in place for several years and makes it clear that shaved patterns and unnatural hair coloring are not permitted’

“It’s a very crucial year for him with the GCSEs coming up as well.”

Ms Sabin said she stood by her son’s decision and expected an apology from the school, which she said should “address their outdated policies”.

A school spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Our uniform policy has been in place for several years and makes it clear that shaved patterns and unnatural hair coloring are not permitted, and we are working hard on this. ensure that this is clear to our students and their families.

“We continue to work collaboratively with students and their parents to ensure that all students are supported to reach their full potential.”

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