A mum is furious after her daughter claimed a teacher demanded she dye her ginger hair on the basis ‘orange is not a natural colour.’
31-year-old Nicola Lane says she’s filed a complaint to Kearsley Academy, near Bolton, about the remarks made to her 12-year-old daughter, Paris.
The school girl said she was going about her normal business when she was stopped by the member of staff.
I was walking around school and heard somebody say, ‘Oi.’ I turned around and said, ‘Me?’ I didn’t really see him.
He said, ‘You need to dye your hair back.’ He said, ‘Orange isn’t a natural colour.’
I then left and walked off. They should concentrate on our learning rather than what we look like.
Mum Nicola then rang the school only to hear back about the ‘hair issue’ and a ‘number of other problems’ Paris had been having.
I had actually bought her a brown hair dye because she’s getting bullied about it.
She was already upset – she’s emotional anyway as she gets called all these ginger names.
I told [the staff member] about Paris’ hair and she giggled and said, ‘That’s nothing to worry about, we know ginger is her natural colour.’ But it’s not funny to someone who’s already conscious of their hair colour.
He said, ‘I will write that down. Can I speak to Paris about this?’ I gave him permission and he’s still not spoken to her.
Nothing ever seems to get done. Before, I used to get a letter home explaining what action had been taken. You’re left guessing and you don’t actually know now.
A spokesman for Kearsley Academy said:
It is our policy not to comment about any individual student at our academy.
We always aim to develop a positive relationship with all parents and encourage those who have any specific concerns to speak with the academy.
An Ofsted spokesman said:
While we do not comment on individual schools, we consider all complaints thoroughly.
Any complaints received about a school are reviewed and when appropriate, assessed to see if any actions are required.
What a shocking way to act, not just to anybody with red hair, but in particular a young child. Let’s hope the family come up trumps against this stupidity.
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