12:57PM, Friday 13 September 2013
The decision to send a boy home from lessons for having an 'inappropriate' haircut has been defended by a Maidenhead school after his dad claimed the move left the 10-year-old humiliated.
Chris Coleman was ordered to return to Larchfield Primary and Nursery School and collect his son Alex shortly after dropping him off for his first day of year six on Wednesday, September 4.
Staff at the school adjudged Alex's mohawk style haircut, once famously sported by David Beckham, to have broken their uniform policy.
"The school rang me and told me he cannot be in school with a haircut like that," said Chris, who owns a business restoring classic cars.
"He was humiliated in front of his classmates. He was so upset.
"Schools always encourage the pupils to be themselves and never judge people on the way they look and they teach children how to respect each other."
Chris, who lives in Brownfield Gardens, took Alex home and shaved his head before returning him to the school in Bargeman Road.
A statement from the school, on behalf of headteacher Mrs Niki Alvarado, said: "It is with regret that we had to send a pupil home because of an inappropriate hairstyle.
"Larchfield has a uniform policy which sets out very clearly that extreme hairstyles are not acceptable and all parents are made aware of the requirements of their children.
"The pupil has returned to school and his education has not been interrupted."
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