Boy With Afro Hair In Cornrows Isolated In School
A 12-year-old boy has been put in isolation after his school deemed that his cornrows were an ‘extreme haircut’.
Lemar-Shea Simpson was hauled out of lessons last week after turning up with his dark afro locks in cornrows and has been told he cannot return to class until he has his hair cut into a regulation style.
His mum, Selina Byatt, 43, has slammed Eastwood Academy in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and says that a picture of a girl with the same style was featured on the school’s website.
According to the school website, pupils are not allowed two-tone or vibrant hair colours, tramlines and hair cut to below a number two.
His mum Selina Byatt, 43, said: ‘I couldn’t believe it, Lemar is dual-heritage and has afro hair. Anyone who has afro hair, or has seen Lemar’s will know he doesn’t have too many options in terms of style, and he definitely can’t just run a comb through it in the morning.
‘He has always wanted to grow it and have cornrows and I went on the school website and there was a girl on there with the same hair cut.
‘Of course hers is longer, it looks like it probably has extensions in, but surely that is just as bad?’ Selina, a carer, claims the school is not considering her son’s culture and says she can’t afford to have his hair cut every week.
She said: ‘He knew his hair was quite scruffy and looked a bit of a mess, all the other kids at school had pointed that out to him.
‘He has been growing his hair since the summer to have this, he used to have his hair very short, front back and sides. ‘But he was so happy with the cornrows, and as far as I am concerned he looked 10 times smarter.’ Selina has written to the Academy committee, asking them to step in over the decision.
A spokesman for the school said: ‘The Academy’s uniform policy states that the following in respect to hairstyles: “Extremes of hairstyle are not permitted”. ‘The Academy deems that the particular hairstyle, as worn by the male pupil in question, is “extreme” and therefore sanctions were issued in line with the Academy’s policy.
‘The parent was also offered the opportunity to write to the relevant Academy committee responsible for reviewing the uniform policy on an annual basis.’