Joe Head, 11, wore his hair in a ponytail to imitate Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovich, but his teachers were unimpressed with Joe’s new ‘do.
Helen Lines, the headteacher of Pope Paul Catholic Primary in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, sent a letter to Joe’s parents asking that he stop wearing his hair in a ponytail.
“I am given to believe that this style is associated with drug-taking,” the letter read. Mandy Head, Joe’s mother, first thought the letter was funny because it was “so ridiculous.”
"But afterwards I became upset that she could associate drug-taking and my son in the same letter and it became offensive,” she told the BBC.
"I'm not aware of any rules for hair at the school.
"We will discuss it with them, but they didn't have to add drug-taking into the letter.”
Mandy said her son, who stopped wearing the hairstyle after the letter was sent to his parents, is "a little bit of an individual and has his own sense of style.”
Mandy contacted the school’s governors about the letter and Lines later apologized in a statement.
"The school sent a polite request to Joseph's parents regarding his appearance,” she said. "I'm sorry if this letter has caused any unintended upset and would be happy to discuss it with the parents directly.”