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Student sent home from Chelmsley Wood school for "exteme haircut"

A boy of 13 was sent home on the first day of school – after allegedly being told his ultra-short haircut was “offensive”

Kyle McGeever
Kyle McGeever

A boy of 13 was sent home on the first day of school – after allegedly being told his ultra-short haircut was “offensive”.

Kyle McGeever was ordered out of John Henry Newman Catholic College in Chelmsley Wood just two hours into the new academic year because his cut breached school rules.

College principal Jennifer McGuirk confirmed the teenager was among three pupils sent home for having an “extreme haircut”.

But Kyle’s furious mum Rebecca Cartwright accused the school of over-reacting – despite admitting he spent a week studying alone last year after having a V-cut style like Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I was told I needed to pick Kyle up as his haircut wasn’t respectable, was offensive, and didn’t comply with school policy,” the 33-year-old said.

“While sitting in the foyer waiting to speak to the head, I saw kids in Kyle’s year who had shorter hair and the V-cut hairstyle.

“That was the haircut Kyle had last year when they put him in isolation for a week. They need to have one rule for all the kids.

“I don’t see how they can deny him his education. It’s taking it too far.”

Ms McGuirk insisted the school had acted correctly.

“It was the first day of school and, if students didn’t have the correct uniform, we gave them the chance to go home and correct it,” she said.

“Other students were sent home. As far as I’m aware, of the three pupils who had extreme haircuts, Kyle was the only one not to return to school with it blended in.

“It wasn’t an exclusion – any student coming in without the correct uniform, in trainers or denim for example, would be sent home to get changed. School standards are really high and our students work hard to keep them.”

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