Redcar school denies charity head shave ban as teenage boy arrested at protest

The Northern Echo: Police outside Redcar Academy this morning Police outside Redcar Academy this morning

POLICE were called to a school protest over claims that a girl was banned from the classroom for shaving off her hair in memory of a friend who died of cancer, and arrested a teenage boy.

Redcar Academy this morning issued a statement denying that there was any intention to suspend or exclude Mia Flood, 14, from education.

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The Northern Echo understands that Mia was told she would have to wear a wig and some students at the school are still upset about that issue.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: “A 15-year-old boy has been charged with one public order offence in connection with an incident at Redcar Academy earlier today. He is due to appear at Teesside Youth Court on 3rd February."

Mia Flood was close friends with Georgina Anderson, a keen musician at Byedales School, Redcar, who died from an aggressive form of cancer aged 15.

In a statement Redcar Academy said: “It is with great regret that the fund raising event held in memory of Georgina Anderson, raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust has been overshadowed by a distortion of the facts.

“Mia’s parents and Redcar Academy agreed prior to the event held on Saturday, January 18 on arrangements for her education should she choose to have her head shaved. At no point did Redcar Academy intend to suspend or exclude Mia from education.

“The Academy has supported fund raising for the Teenage Cancer Trust by hosting events in school, promoting the download of the Georgina Anderson single before Christmas, and widely promoting Saturday’s event."

As part of the same press release, Mia's mother Dawn Flood said: “This was never about my daughter or Redcar Academy, it was always about raising funds in Georgina’s memory. I am saddened that due to exaggeration and inaccuracies in the press that my family and Redcar Academy have received unnecessary attention from the local media.”

However Shanece Bennett, 15, who spoke to The Northern Echo with permission from her mother, said: “We are protesting because Redcar Academy have excluded a student, Mia Flood, for shaving their hair for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“The teachers have been out in the yard trying to get us in but we’ll stay out all day until they let her back into school.

“She told us personally that she is not allowed back into school until she has a wig because her shaved head is classed as an extreme hairstyle.”

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11:51am Mon 20 Jan 14

charliebrown1 says...

what a load of horlicks, what the heck is a shaved head going to make the student do, get on with teaching these children.
what a load of horlicks, what the heck is a shaved head going to make the student do, get on with teaching these children. charliebrown1
  • Score: 15

1:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

IanfromCrook says...

Parents and the school are singing from the same hymn sheet. Just a non-story about some pupils wanting an excuse out of lessons it would seem. Not news-worthy and detracts from the charity efforts.
Parents and the school are singing from the same hymn sheet. Just a non-story about some pupils wanting an excuse out of lessons it would seem. Not news-worthy and detracts from the charity efforts. IanfromCrook
  • Score: 6

3:47pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Heat1969 says...

This is appalling. What if a young girl was naturally bald through an illness i.e. allopecia would the school insist they wore a wig too. This is an appalling attitude for a school to have in this day and age.
This is appalling. What if a young girl was naturally bald through an illness i.e. allopecia would the school insist they wore a wig too. This is an appalling attitude for a school to have in this day and age. Heat1969
  • Score: -5

3:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

IT IS TIME SCHOOL KIDS STUCK UP FOR THEMSELVES.
SOME OF THESE SCHOOL RULES BROUGHT IN BY HEAD TEACHERS ARE SO 1800-S.
What the hell does a haircut have to do with education. The u.k. should take a look at European schools. They are many years ahead in terms of education and the ridiculous attitude to uniforms and looks.
Each child is an individual and should not have their persona and looks by backward attitudes to modern kids in modern times.
As myself and 100-s of other school kids did in the past they should stick to there guns and strike. GOOD ON YOU ALL STICK TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS RIGHT.
IT IS TIME SCHOOL KIDS STUCK UP FOR THEMSELVES. SOME OF THESE SCHOOL RULES BROUGHT IN BY HEAD TEACHERS ARE SO 1800-S. What the hell does a haircut have to do with education. The u.k. should take a look at European schools. They are many years ahead in terms of education and the ridiculous attitude to uniforms and looks. Each child is an individual and should not have their persona and looks by backward attitudes to modern kids in modern times. As myself and 100-s of other school kids did in the past they should stick to there guns and strike. GOOD ON YOU ALL STICK TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS RIGHT. settheworldonfire
  • Score: -5

3:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

bones26 says...

would love to see what would happen if 20 or 30 of the pupils had there head shaved . i suppose theres no bald teachers at this school.
would love to see what would happen if 20 or 30 of the pupils had there head shaved . i suppose theres no bald teachers at this school. bones26
  • Score: 4

4:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

A lot of people have their bonces shaved for charity, it would be a lot different of course if they shaved their heads, had ACAB tattooed on their brow and went round the school lacing each other!!
A lot of people have their bonces shaved for charity, it would be a lot different of course if they shaved their heads, had ACAB tattooed on their brow and went round the school lacing each other!! Jackaranda
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

greenfinger says...

bones26 wrote:
would love to see what would happen if 20 or 30 of the pupils had there head shaved . i suppose theres no bald teachers at this school.
excellent point about the bald teachers.

i'm siding with the students on this one. We didn't put this country through endless wars over the last century just to be bullied by the way we look. the last people to do that were given the label of nazis!

Sometimes in life we need to stand up for what we believe in, and i for one don't believe in bullying people into looking a certain way. Because sooner or later someone (one too many) will be made to feel like a freak over something they have no control of. ie nature!
[quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: would love to see what would happen if 20 or 30 of the pupils had there head shaved . i suppose theres no bald teachers at this school.[/p][/quote]excellent point about the bald teachers. i'm siding with the students on this one. We didn't put this country through endless wars over the last century just to be bullied by the way we look. the last people to do that were given the label of nazis! Sometimes in life we need to stand up for what we believe in, and i for one don't believe in bullying people into looking a certain way. Because sooner or later someone (one too many) will be made to feel like a freak over something they have no control of. ie nature! greenfinger
  • Score: -1

7:57pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Brianzim says...

Lets get back to the future; Cancer is not the monster is is made out to be.
I'd like to think that hereditary Cancer can be mitigated with the correct Supplements - mostly, I think, Antioxidants, firstly, and advice from a suitable Herbal Practitioners who know their stuff. I know a little, but its helped me so far in my Retirement. So much is ignored because its Herbal and promoted by Fruitcakes or, 150 years ago, still by Witches!
Give it some thought; what can be cured needs more than just belief in the Internet. You still should consult Herbal Practitioners - not only one but more, to get a clearer picture. Its easy to research herbal products BUT not Pharmaceutical Products. Enough of my Pontificating, If you care, look for yourselves and evaluate.
Lets get back to the future; Cancer is not the monster is is made out to be. I'd like to think that hereditary Cancer can be mitigated with the correct Supplements - mostly, I think, Antioxidants, firstly, and advice from a suitable Herbal Practitioners who know their stuff. I know a little, but its helped me so far in my Retirement. So much is ignored because its Herbal and promoted by Fruitcakes or, 150 years ago, still by Witches! Give it some thought; what can be cured needs more than just belief in the Internet. You still should consult Herbal Practitioners - not only one but more, to get a clearer picture. Its easy to research herbal products BUT not Pharmaceutical Products. Enough of my Pontificating, If you care, look for yourselves and evaluate. Brianzim
  • Score: -9

8:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

School, parents and pupil appear to have been in agreement.
In contrast, 'yuff' saw an opportunity to cause chaos. Rules exist to stop society dissolving into anarchy. The girl who shaved her head and had pre-agreed to wear a wig should be applauded for raising the money, the school should be congratulated for helping her to do so, and the 'misinformed yuff' should be expelled for causing mischief.
School, parents and pupil appear to have been in agreement. In contrast, 'yuff' saw an opportunity to cause chaos. Rules exist to stop society dissolving into anarchy. The girl who shaved her head and had pre-agreed to wear a wig should be applauded for raising the money, the school should be congratulated for helping her to do so, and the 'misinformed yuff' should be expelled for causing mischief. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 4

9:52pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Wavey~Davey says...

Brianzim wrote:
Lets get back to the future; Cancer is not the monster is is made out to be.
I'd like to think that hereditary Cancer can be mitigated with the correct Supplements - mostly, I think, Antioxidants, firstly, and advice from a suitable Herbal Practitioners who know their stuff. I know a little, but its helped me so far in my Retirement. So much is ignored because its Herbal and promoted by Fruitcakes or, 150 years ago, still by Witches!
Give it some thought; what can be cured needs more than just belief in the Internet. You still should consult Herbal Practitioners - not only one but more, to get a clearer picture. Its easy to research herbal products BUT not Pharmaceutical Products. Enough of my Pontificating, If you care, look for yourselves and evaluate.
Yes, let's all believe non-peer-reviewed tripe from unlicensed quacks. That'll help ameliorate the immortalisation and uncontrolled replication of cells following unrepairable damage at a molecular level.

While we're at it, let's all pray too. That'll help.
[quote][p][bold]Brianzim[/bold] wrote: Lets get back to the future; Cancer is not the monster is is made out to be. I'd like to think that hereditary Cancer can be mitigated with the correct Supplements - mostly, I think, Antioxidants, firstly, and advice from a suitable Herbal Practitioners who know their stuff. I know a little, but its helped me so far in my Retirement. So much is ignored because its Herbal and promoted by Fruitcakes or, 150 years ago, still by Witches! Give it some thought; what can be cured needs more than just belief in the Internet. You still should consult Herbal Practitioners - not only one but more, to get a clearer picture. Its easy to research herbal products BUT not Pharmaceutical Products. Enough of my Pontificating, If you care, look for yourselves and evaluate.[/p][/quote]Yes, let's all believe non-peer-reviewed tripe from unlicensed quacks. That'll help ameliorate the immortalisation and uncontrolled replication of cells following unrepairable damage at a molecular level. While we're at it, let's all pray too. That'll help. Wavey~Davey
  • Score: 2

11:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Darkroom Devil says...

What a shame. Hang your heads people making decisions. Such a gesture or choice should be championed not complained about.
What a shame. Hang your heads people making decisions. Such a gesture or choice should be championed not complained about. Darkroom Devil
  • Score: 0

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