In­sen­si­tive case hard knock for school stu­dent

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

THE case of Pim­lico High School stu­dent Tay­lah Lager­wey is a sad in­dict­ment on the school’s lack of em­pa­thy and in­abil­ity to show dis­cre­tion for a young girl with a dis­abil­ity. Tay­lah has had on­go­ing sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures since she was eight, suf­fer­ing from a rare disease which has caused tu­mours on her ear lobes. Her Mum says she has been told to re­move ear­rings, which she uses to cover the scars, if she wants to re­main at school, a claim Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land de­nies. Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land says the school had not told Tay­lah or her mother that she must leave be­cause of pierc­ing or any other breach of the school’s uni­form pol­icy. It says stu­dents and par­ents at Pim­lico were made aware of the school’s uni­form pol­icy at the time of en­rol­ment and for health and safety rea­sons, schools limit the wear­ing of jew­ellery, in­clud­ing pierc­ings to the wear­ing of a watch and sleepers or studs. Mother Kristy Wil­liams said her daugh­ter has a num­ber of small ear­rings to not only di­vert at­ten­tion away from the scars but also to hide the new size of her ear canal. No­body has any dif­fi­culty with a school uni­form pol­icy that ex­tends to body pierc­ing. Poli­cies and school reg­u­la­tions are part of life. But this is about com­mon sense and em­pa­thy. This is a stu­dent with a dis­abil­ity, a young girl who would be an easy tar­get for ridicule among her peers. Tay­lah and her Mum are sim­ply try­ing to mit­i­gate against school­yard cru­elty. Why wouldn’t a school re­lax a rigid uni­form pol­icy if it meant mak­ing life eas­ier for this young girl? School uni­form poli­cies are not en­acted in law. The prin­ci­pal does have a le­git­i­mate ex­cuse to re­lax the pol­icy in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances, and this is clearly one of those sit­u­a­tions. There is also the is­sue of hypocrisy. Mrs Wil­liams claims teach­ers at the school have far more pierc­ings than her daugh­ter but when she raised the is­sue with the school it re­fused to com­ment. This is a crazy sit­u­a­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land needs to in­ter­vene and show some com­pas­sion.

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