Piercing policy angers parent
‘‘ 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