WA Today reports…
“A Perth mother is outraged her teenage son was told to leave school on Monday morning because his hair was “too short”.
Sandra told Radio 6PR she was forced to provide staff at Corpus Christi College in Bateman with a note from her Year 10 son’s barber to prove his hair cut was in line with the private school’s policy.
The boy was then allowed to return to school for the day, but was told he had to wear a hat and may not be allowed to attend his year’s end of year river cruise celebration on Monday night.
Sandra went to the school to query why he was being sent home after receiving a text from her son.
“We had a wedding on the weekend and he had his hair cut, so he’s got it cut short on the sides, and just a little bit long on the top,” she said.
“His hair’s not long, it’s not short, he hasn’t got a shaved head, he hasn’t got stripes or swirls cut on his head… it’s just a boy’s haircut.”
The school declined to comment to WAtoday but Sandra claimed a staff member told her her son’s hair was shorter than a ‘two’ on the sides, which was against school policy – but a barber’s note Sandra then went and arranged clarified his hair was cut to a ‘two’.
“I said [to the staff member], ‘You’ve got boys there with their hair looking like mop-heads and you allow them’, [the staff member said], ‘Oh no they’ve got their hair tied up’, I said, ‘No they don’t, I’ve been on canteen duty, I’ve seen them walk in and walk out they don’t have their hair tied up and you don’t send them home,” she said.
The school has since allowed the student to return to class to learn his exam results, but he has been told to wear a hat.
Today was his last day of school for 2016, with Sandra telling Radio 6PR he was excited to find out how he went in his exams.
“It’s not fair that he’s already missed one and a half period of school,” she said.
She is yet to hear whether her son will be allowed to attend Monday’s river cruise.”