Schoolgirl kept in ‘isolation’ after dying hair red

What do you all think of this? Being I worked in a school, I know how some things seem silly but when you’re in a situation, things are different.

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5 Responses to Schoolgirl kept in ‘isolation’ after dying hair red

  1. skl1 says:

    I don’t know much about the culture over in Wales, but if this happened over here, I’d say let’s look at the written school policy and how it’s been applied in the past. On one hand, there are worse things than bright red hair. On the other hand, if this had happened in my kids’ school, it would be a blatant violation of clear rules, and there would be no sympathy for this girl.

    If this were my daughter – first of all, she wouldn’t be dying her hair red (with my permission) right before school started. Secondly, if she went behind my back and did this, we’d be finding a way to wash it out or “tone it down” so it would not be a distraction in school. I honestly don’t understand why moms stick up for their daughters at times like this. Just fix it and move on. Let her get creative with her bedroom decor or something, but show respect for the school dress code. It’s not like they are telling her to shave her head or bleach her natural skin color. I realize that there is debate over whether hair dye should be a subject of the school dress code in the first place, but I really don’t care. I don’t think a child’s health and happiness depends on being able to take on an unnatural appearance. Personally I have never colored one hair on my head and I managed to survive for 45 years. It can be done.

    As for the “isolation” room, I’m sorry, but cry me a river. I had a 3-day in-school suspension around that age for being tardy. Basically I sat and stared at the walls for 3 days and it was a non-event. This girl’s life doesn’t depend on being with her classmates all day. If it did, then I guess she would have perished over the summer vacation. And, she should have thought of that before she decided to tick off the school / break the rules.

    • skl1 says:

      I should add that the mom’s argument “they don’t understand style or peer pressure” is only convincing if all the other girls showed up at school with their hair dyed in an unnatural color. I doubt that was the case, though, because if it were, the “isolation room” would have been pretty crowded.

  2. Sue says:

    My kids attend a public school and while there is a dress code, I am pretty sure hair is not mentioned specifically and doesn’t go beyond “personal cleanliness”. The school was incorrect in putting her in that room by herself and if that is truly how their rules state hair should look, (“It says hair colour and style must be appropriate for school.”) that doesn’t define anything. Now, the mother’s excuses that she gave were no better, but being put in isolation for having red hair seems a little over the top.

  3. Nikki says:

    Maybe they were making an example out of her. I think it’s a little over the top, also. To put her in complete isolation, like she is a problem child is ridiculous. I think there could have been other, better, ways to handle this.

    If this happened to my child, I would simply do what I could to tone it down (which is not that hard!) The whole thing, on both sides, was blown way out proportion!

  4. Karen Joy says:

    I dont see the issue with her red hair.Now if it was lime green maybe.I think it was over the top to isolate her but I also think the Mom shouldve just toned down her hair color immediately instead of defending it.Its just hair,why make a stink about it.

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