A 16-year-old British girl was condemned to remedial classes in a separate portable after her school determined that her new purple hair was “extreme.”
According to Mirror, Shanice Moore has been relocated to a special class reserved for children with behavioral issues. The portable is more than two miles away from the regular school facilities and requires Moore to board a minibus every morning, which drops her off.
Moore’s parents are furious with the school's decision, citing that education is supposed to be about learning rather than appearance. It remains unclear if Moore’s parents like their daughters new purple hair, but the issue is seemingly about personal freedom and expression; two qualities that should not be punished.
Rob Moore, 46, told reporters: "We've never had a bad report from any teacher during all her time at school. They've put her in a Portakabin (portable) with bars on the windows – it's like a prison camp. They've got no hot meals there, so she has to have cold-pack lunches. I won't have my daughter going there."
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Mr. Moore has since pulled his daughter from Bedminster Down School after they were not able to come to an agreement with the school's administration.
"We've taken Shanice to the hairdressers, but they have recommended waiting until the natural color comes back," Mr. Moore added. “It seems that it's not education the school is concentrating on; it's appearance. It seems like education comes second in their minds. I thought school was for learning."
Bedminster Down administrators are holding their ground when it comes to the alleged choice of “extreme hair.”
Gary Schlick, the head teacher at Bedminster Down said: "Part of Bedminster Down's school uniform policy includes the exclusion of 'extreme' hair color. This policy is enforced for all students, and any continued breach of the policy is treated as a behavior issue.”
"We have a well-regarded unit for students whose behavior means they are unable to attend mainstream lessons,” said Schlick. “Students return to their regular classes once their behavior is regarded as acceptable to the school.”
While Bedminster Down in part reserves the right to create its own rules and regulation, one must question the ethical implications of putting a child in remedial classes just because of a hair color choice. There are far worse things a 16-year-old could be doing than simply experimenting with colorful hair dye.