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Schoolboy, 16, put in isolation for ‘too short’ hairstyle – a day after he was ordered to cut it

 


A baffled schoolboy has been put in isolation for cutting his hair too short – a day after being told it was too long.

Jonathon Soares, 16, was ordered to cut his curly, floppy hair last Monday.

He got a £10 trim that night, with the sides faded and the fringe cut shorter.

But the next day he was told off for his haircut, and made to work alone for the rest of the week.

The Great Yarmouth Charter Academy pupil from Norfolk is due to sit his GCSEs this year, and his mother is concerned his week in isolation could affect his results.

Jonathan's hair before getting it cut
Jonathon’s hair after getting it cut (Photo: SWNS)

‘It’s ridiculous’

Sophia Soares, 35, said: “It’s ridiculous. It seems to me like they are making an example out of Jonathon.

“I understand that they need to have the correct uniform and look smart but there are no patterns in it and it’s not an outrageous colour.

“In my eyes how he chooses to have his hair cut is up to him.”

Jonathon Soares, 16 before he had his haircut, pictured with mum Sophia Soares and dad Mark Johnson
Jonathon Soares, 16 before he had his haircut, pictured with mum Sophia Soares and dad Mark Johnson (Photo: SWNS)

‘Discrimination’

She continued: “You should not isolate a child for their haircut. A haircut does not stop you from learning.

“He is not the only child in that school with that haircut either – it’s discrimination.

“He’s not learning anything in isolation now so he might as well be at home.”

Jonathon had to work in isolation for a week
Jonathon had to work in isolation for a week (Photo: SWNS)

A spokesman for the Inspiration Trust, which runs several schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, said pupils and parents are aware of the school’s guidelines.

“Great Yarmouth Charter Academy’s guidelines on uniform and appearance have been well publicised, and families and pupils are well aware of the school’s requirements around haircuts,” they said.

“These are not difficult to follow, and if pupils choose to go against them they do so knowing the sanctions they are likely to face.”



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