Disabled girl, 7, with cast back at school after uniform upset
A DISABLED girl who was sent home from school after being told her makeshift uniform contravened dress code has returned to the classroom.
Lacey- Jai Stokes, aged seven, suffers from brachial palsy and recently underwent a major operation, during which surgeons had to break her collarbone and shoulder.
She returned to Smiths Wood Primary Academy on Tuesday, October 31, with a makeshift uniform cut to incorporate her body- cast. But mum Chantel Stokes says her daughter was told her clothes did not meet the school’s dress requirements – and she was forced to take her child back home.
The head teacher of the academy, John Talbot, allegedly said wearing the correct uniform was a health and safety requirement. But following a meeting at the school on Thursday, November 2, Lacey returned to school on Friday, November 3.
“The whole point of this is that Lacey wants to be back at school as soon as possible, so I am pleased with the outcome,” Chantel said. “She has gone through so much and she just wants to be back at school learning.
“Lacey was returning to school in the original top on Friday but I have agreed to find her a plain white top, for Monday.
“I will try my best to make sure Lacey is dressed in the correct uniform but her education is my priority.”
Lacey and Chantel have also received many messages of support from other parents on social media. Tania Fagan wrote on Facebook: “Not sure how a T- shirt effects ( sic) health and safety. The school should compromise. The child’s education is what matters at the end of the day.”
While Mel Gregory wrote: “My eight- year- old goes to school in whatever he chooses to wear. Today it’s green jogging bottoms.
“My priority is getting my child to school to be educated. What he is wearing doesn’t affect his learning ability, if anything it makes him happier as he is in something comfortable. The staff should concentrate on teaching, not deciding if a top is appropriate.”
Head teacher Mr Talbot confirmed an agreement had been reached with the parent that the pupil would be dressed in uniform colours from Monday.
Lacey- Jai Stokes with her mum Chantelle