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Hartlepool boy escorted home from school for rule-breaking haircut
2:24pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
A SCHOOLBOY was banned from his classroom over a controversial £6 haircut.
Robert Hudson, 12, had the hair on the sides of his head shaved off on Tuesday but the top and back were left untouched.
When he arrived at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool, Cleveland, the following morning after his trim, he was told by teachers that he wouldn't be allowed into class.
Teachers even offered to pay for Robert Hudson, 12, to visit a barber but his guardian refused.
They insisted that he would only be allowed to return if he had his hair cut into a more acceptable style and was escorted home within 20 minutes.
Staff at the school even offered to pay for a new haircut, but Robert's grandad and legal guardian Brian Hudson refused the offer and said he was 'livid' with the whole situation.
Mr Hudson, 58, accused the school of putting Robert's hairstyle before his education.
He said: "They say it is an extreme haircut. The member of staff explained because it is not level all the way round he won't be allowed in school until he gets it cut.
"They have even offered to take him to the barbers and pay to get it re-cut.
"I will certainly not let them do that. It annoys me to death. I am livid."
English Martyrs' guidance says pupils' haircuts are expected to be "reasonable".
Michael Lee, headteacher of English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, said: "The school's hairstyle policy is in the school prospectus and on our website along with other policies to ensure that parents/guardians are well aware of the standards we set at English Martyrs.”
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