Sam’s high­lights are a low point

CUT OUT: Teenager forced to miss lessons as hair breaks school rules

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

WITH his mother’s per­mis­sion teenager Sam Lewis had high­lights put in his hair for a fam­ily hol­i­day in Egypt in Jan­uary.

Noth­ing was said to the 14-year-old about his two-tone styling when he re­turned to The Tow­ers School with his brother Joel, 13, af­ter his for­eign trip – un­til last Thurs­day.

Then he was told to get the per­ox­ide locks snipped from his hair be­fore he would be al­lowed back in the class­room as the school told him the style did not rep­re­sent it in a good light.

That de­ci­sion left his mother Teresa, who is land­lady of the River­side Inn in South Ash­ford, hop­ping mad.

She said: “I un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the strict school uni­form rules and my sons are al­ways smartly dressed in blaz­ers, ties and the cor­rect shoes.

“I could even un­der­stand the hair rule but why wait six weeks un­til it has al­most grown out be­fore sud­denly ef­fec­tively ex­clud­ing him?

“The most ironic thing is that as a promis­ing soc­cer star he was told on the day he was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the school and trav­elled with the team for a vi­tal away foot­ball match that they won 1-0 – and he scored the winning goal.”

Banned from school on Fri­day morn­ing Sam was at the hair­dressers as soon as they opened hav­ing the high­lights re­moved and within a cou­ple of hours was back in the class­room.

Head teacher Malcolm Ram­sey was un­avail­able for com­ment, but as­sis­tant head Ray Hughes con­firmed that Sam and Joel Lewis al­ways fol­lowed school uni­form rules and were al­ways smartly turned out.

But the school did not wish to dis­cuss the is­sue of Sam Lewis’ hair­style.

Mr Hughes said: “We have a set of rules but we do not wish to give a view at present as the par­ent has been re­ferred to the com­plaints pro­ce­dure.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group

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