‘It is a disgrace’ - schoolgirl sent home from school for having faded purple hair (From Borehamwood Times)
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Schoolgirl Chloe Williams sent home from Hertswood School for having faded purple hair
A mum is furious after her teenage daughter was excluded from school for turning up with faded purple hair.
Alexis Williams, of Rossington Avenue, Borehamwood, allowed Chloe, 13, to use a temporary hair dye in July, which had not washed out as well as hoped.
But just as the Hertswood School student was settling back into school after the summer break, a teacher spotted her light purple locks and sent her home.
She has now not been at school since Monday, September 10 and has been told she will not be allowed back until she dyes her hair a natural colour.
Mrs Williams, a full-time carer to her disabled husband, Jonathan, was shocked with the school’s reaction.
She said: “It is an absolute disgrace.
“I do not understand how the colour of her hair could affect her learning. She is missing precious school time, it is just ridiculous.
“It feels like the school do not care. They have taken such bad attitude towards this and being far too strict.
“What makes me so mad is that the purple is practically faded, it just looks strawberry blonde or a bit red now, so I refuse to take her to the hairdresser.
“I am at a loss of what to do. This whole situation is just crazy.
“I am angry and Chloe is upset. She misses her friends and does not deserve this.”
The 34-year-old bought her daughter a packet of colour stripper before the new term, but teachers still insist the hair is too purple for her to attend school.
Mrs Williams, who also has a three-year-old son, claims many of Chloe’s peers have dyed red hair so does not understand why the rules are being applied selectively.
She has now taken to homeschooling Chloe because teachers have not e-mailed her any homework.
Jan Palmer Sayer, head teacher of the Thrift Farm Lane School, defended the school’s “fair” policy.
She told the Borehamwood and Elstree Times : “Students can dye their hair within an normal colour spectrum, such as blonde or black, but we draw the line at artificial colours.
“If they do dye it an unnatural colour we ask them to dye it back. We consulted with a hairdresser who said this is possible.
“Our stances are reasonable. I know the children want to express themselves but they must do it in a sensible way.”