A headteacher has come under fire from parents and pupils after banning two 16-year-olds from school for being ‘too blonde’.
RaeganBooth, 16, and Aby Western, 15, say they were threatened with expulsionby David Alexander unless they dyed their hair brown.
Thegirls claim they are being forced to adhere to the strict dress code ofRednock School ** in Dursley, Gloucestershire, in order to sit GCSE exams.
But Raegan remains adamant that her hair is a natural shade of blonde.
She said:’The school rules clearly state that there are to be no “unnatural” hair colours on students.
‘Unnaturalhair colours are blue, purple, green and bright red. Blonde isconsidered a natural hair colour and there are many different shades.
‘Thehead claims that he must follow the rules. To me this suggests thatcertain students are being made to look a way which is against theirwill.
‘I believe this is wrong and no amount of hair dye affects a person’s ability in school.’
Theteenager, who is refusing to dye her hair a darker shade, added: ‘As weare in the middle of our GCSE year, we should not be excluded oversomething so petty.
‘This is a crucial time for us and we should be focusing solely on our grades as opposed to our level of appearance.’
Martin Booth, Raegan’s father said: ‘Raegan is a model pupil and is working very hard towards her exams.
‘She is always well turned out, her hair looks a very natural blonde.
‘This is their final year, they are under enough pressure with GCSEs, they do not need to be worrying about their hair.’
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