A 13-year-old boy was reportedly kicked out of class at school because officials deemed his trendy haircut too “extreme.”
Lewis Kenny was inspired by the haircuts of professional footballers Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero and decided he wanted his own hairdo to look similar. When he went to his Manchester school sporting the new look, however, he was immediately taken out of classes and told that his hair was “too extreme.”
Following the incident, Kenny’s parents Liam, 49, and Angela, 50, met with staff at St. Ambrose Barlow High School to discuss the matter and try to get them to apologize for taking the boy out of class.
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“What I want is an acknowledgement that they are wrong,” said dad Liam Kenny to the Manchester Evening News. “They have said that he has an extreme haircut and he must restyle his hair to how the school wants it. The haircut is similar to Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale and it’s a modern haircut for a boy his age to have. Lewis’s hair is a number three cut and longer on top. It is a better look than long greasy hair. The school said they had spotted a line in his hair like the one worn by Aguero. But he only has a line put in the school holidays. He was upset to be placed in isolation and we are standing firm on this. It is disgraceful. We think it is victimisation [sic].”
Despite Liam and Angela Kenny’s complaints, the school’s headteacher has defended the actions taken against Kenny and maintained that everyone is informed of specific policies prior to enrolling in classes.
“Both parents and pupils are made aware of our high expectations and aspirations before they choose the school,” said Headteacher Marie Garside in a statement, according to the Manchester Evening News. “We are very clear about what we accept and don’t accept and we make it explicit about what we feel are appropriate standards at our parent information evenings. Our staff work above and beyond the school day to make sure pupils work as well as they can and reach their potential.”
It’s not clear if Kenny was forced to change his haircut as a result of the suspension.