A teenager, who was put in isolation after she shaved her head for charity, said she’s been made to feel like she did a bad thing.
Niamh Baldwin is now being made to wear a headscarf when attending Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance, Cornwall because the school reportedly said her hair is ‘one centimetre too short’.
The 14-year-old shaved her head during the Christmas holidays and kindly donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, who produce wigs for children fighting illness.
Niamh told UNILAD:
I’ve been thinking about shaving my hair for the best part of a year now. It upsets me that at 14 years of age, I’ve had hair my whole life, yet there are young children aged less than 10-years-old without hair.
On the 29 December, the student had her head shaved and donated her hair to charity – but returning to school after the break, she said they put her straight in isolation.
She told UNILAD:
The school didn’t like it, they instantly put me in isolation without letting me explain in any detail why I shaved my hair.
To be honest, with the way the school reacted, they made me feel as if I’d done a bad thing. I knew i hadn’t, but I was being punished for a charitable act.
The school is making her wear a headscarf, which she says, is something she isn’t comfortable doing, adding:
I think wearing a headscarf would be drawing more attention to myself and making the situation worse.
Niamh’s mum, Anneka, posted on Facebook:
I think this is the most courageous and amazing thing to do and makes me so proud, that’s why I’m so upset the school has made her feel so low and put her in to isolation because her hair needs to be 1cm longer to be able to join in with classes and be allowed to see her peers in the playground.
Niamh has always had outstanding reports and feed back from all her teachers and everyone I know and she meets always say she’s an amazing polite and lovely girl. This doesn’t change because of a hair style and to me it’s discrimination! I’m actually fuming!
I’m so proud of you Niamh, as are all your family and friends, you’re amazing and don’t let anyone ever let you feel less than that. So disappointed Mounts Bay School.
Mounts Bay Academy Principal, Sara Davey, told Cornwall Live:
The policy on extreme haircuts in school is very clear and has been published in our behaviour policy for many years. Extreme haircuts including head shaving have never been allowed and this is common for schools across the UK.
All students know this is the school policy and they also know the consequence is to complete school work in the inclusion room until the hair grows so that it’s no longer extreme.
If Niamh had asked the school about shaving her hair for charity then this would have been pointed out and an alternative fundraising idea would have been suggested.
It was for charity!
Personally, I think Niamh absolutely rocks the buzzcut.