Pierc­ing pol­icy angers par­ent

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‘‘ He was ini­tially very rude and harsh . . . Tay­lah called, me bawl­ing her eyes out,’’ Ms Wil­liams said.

‘ ‘ I a d v i s e d E d u c a t i o n Queens­land so I could know my rights, be­cause he was very force­ful . . . par­ents should have a right to de­cide cer­tain things about their chil­dren.’’

Speak­ing on be­half of Mr Morris, Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land North Queens­land Reg i o n a l D i r e c t o r M i k e L u d wi g d e n i e d P i ml i c o State High School had re­quested any stu­dent leave the school be­cause of pierc­ing or any other breach of the school’s uni­form pol­icy.

But he said all stu­dents and par­ents at Pim­lico were made aware of the school’s uni­form pol­icy at the time of en­rol­ment.

‘‘ For health and safety rea­sons, schools limit the wear­ing of jew­ellery, in­clud­ing pierc­ings to the wear­ing of a watch and sleepers or studs,’’ he said.

‘‘ Schools take their re­spon­si­bil­ity for the health and well-be­ing of stu­dents in their care very se­ri­ously and the depart­ment sup­ports prin­ci­pals in enforc- ing school reg­u­la­tions de­signed to main­tain a safe and pro­duc­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘ The uni­form pol­icy is signed by par­ents as part of en­rol­ment pro­ce­dures.’’

She said teach­ers at the school had far more pierc­ings than her daugh­ter, but when she raised the is­sue with Mr Morris he re­fused to com­ment.

‘‘ I find this very hard to stom­ach . . . shouldn’t the teach­ers be set­ting a good ex­am­ple for the stu­dents and re­mov­ing their pierc­ings?’’ Ms Wil­liams said.

‘‘ My daugh­ter is a very well-be­haved young lady, s he ex­cels i n both her classes and mu­sic . . . she plays two mu­si­cal in­stru­ments – french horn, vi­ola.

‘‘ For a girl who only has 30 per cent resid­ual hear­ing, this is an amaz­ing achieve­ment.’’

Tay­lah has only been at the Townsville school for less than a year af­ter mov­ing north from Bris­bane and has never had an is­sue with her pierc­ings be­fore now.

She said she en­joyed be­ing at Pim­lico and had lots of friends that she didn’t want to leave.

UP­SET: Kristy Wil­liams and her daugh­ter Tay­lah Lager­wey, 14

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