A young Milton Keynes mum has been banned from her son’s school after protesting that criticism of her son’s hairstyle was sexual discrimination.
Toni Eaton was aghast when eight-year-old Tadhg came home sobbing because he’d been told to flatten his new mohawk haircut.
“The school had no said anything to me directly about it, so I went in to see the headteacher and complained,” said 27-year-old Toni, who lives in West Bletchley.
“I said girls were allowed to have their hair in bunches, pigtails, ponytails, buns or whatever style they wanted. So I think it’s sexual discrimination to stops boys having the style they want,” she said.
Emerson Valley school head Mrs Soheila Mathison was not impressed with her argument - and promptly send a letter banning his mum from school premises.
“Tadhg is allowed in school providing he flattens down his hair, but I’m not even allowed as far as the entrance,” said Toni,
“I have been told to drop him off and pick him up from the roundabout opposite the school reception. It’s crazy.”
Mrs Mathison said: “We will not tolerate abusive and anti-social behaviour in school. This incident took place in front of staff and other parents, and despite our best efforts, this pupil’s mother refused to calm down. We have therefore, regrettably had to ban her from school premises.”
She said her school had a strict dress code policy, which extends to pupils’ haircuts. She added: “Despite the initial disagreement, this child has returned to school, with a more appropriate haircut, and he has been in school every day since.”
Emerson Valley school is rated as two (Good) by Ofsted. Mrs Mathison said: “We want to continue to work to these high standards, for the benefit of all of our pupils.”