Boy's haircut so "severe" he's placed in solitary confinement
This boy has been put into isolation at school because of his "severe" haircut.
Ever had a haircut so bad you got put into detention? You've got nothing on Kieren London. He's been put into solitary confinement because of his "severe" haircut.
"A little booth of his own"
Kieran's mum, Jenni, says she is "disgusted" that her son was put into isolation at school because of his hairstyle, as he'd had the same hair style for three years.
Jenni says her son has had the same hairstyle for years, and is shocked that he's suddenly being punished for it, three years on.
“He’s always had the same haircut, but now they have just suddenly decided it’s too short and they have put him in isolation, in a little booth on his own,” she said.
“I’m absolutely disgusted. He goes to school to learn.”
"Breach of human rights"
His mum says Kieren, 14, has only missed two days of school since 2013, but she's kept him out since then for fear of him being put in isolation again (as his hair has not grown back yet).
She told Kieran's school that placing Kieran in isolation deprived him of his basic human rights.
“He’s just been sat there doing a worksheet for two days. He goes to school for an education, which I would say means being taught by a teacher, not sitting alone with a worksheet."
“He even has to be in there at break and lunch.”
Proof he doesn't have anything like "f*ck school" or anything actually offensive written on the back of his head. | Images copyright of SWNS.com
Sent to the "Achievement Improvement Centre" for "visible scalp"
Raynes Park High School in south west London, defended its actions. They explained that Kieran was placed in an “Achievement Improvement Centre” (which sounds incredibly ominous) rather than being sent home for breaching uniform policy.
Headteacher Kirsten Heard said that the issue here was the visible scalp:
“We consider that a severe haircut, where the scalp is visible, is not in line with our uniform policy and we have kindly requested that our students have a longer version of this current style."
“Our commitment to academic excellence and personal wellbeing is at the core of everything we do."
“The school’s high expectations are stated clearly to parents, carers and students via post, email, the website and assemblies."
“We do not operate a ‘send-home’ policy on uniform breaches and students are provided with work in our ‘Achievement Improvement Centre’."
“We see the students as ambassadors of our school and they are expected to dress and behave in a way that reflects the high standards we seek to achieve."
“In choosing Raynes Park High School, we trust parents and carers will help us uphold these standards and their continued support is very much appreciated.”
They have not said whether Kieran will be expected to live in isolation until his scalp is no longer visible.