Another school term, another fuss over uniform requirements and another case where you wonder who is the adult, and who the child:
Holly-Mae Donaldson, 13, was told to go back to her Hester’s Way home on the first day of term because her skirt conflicted with the academy’s uniform code.
Diane Donaldson, from Lee Close, called the decision to ban her daughter from classes “appalling”, and said she was disgusted by the way her daughter had been treated.
Of course she is. I mean, it’s not like she knows the rules or should be expected to follow them, is it? She’s special, clearly.
“The school really needs to concentrate more on the education, and less on the pupils’ uniform.
“I think she is old enough and sensible enough to decide what she wants to wear to school.”
Well, she’s not. She’s a child and so doesn’t get to make those decisions.
As you can tell from the thinly-veiled patience shown by the headmaster’s statement, he’s been down this road before:
Principal Peter Kingham said: “We have been very clear with our students about uniform expectations.
“We have demonstrated what is acceptable and what is not. We have had assemblies on this and written to parents.
“We have a parents’ forum where issues such as this can be raised and we encourage parents to join this.
“Alongside this. we have a procedure for any complaints from parents that we encourage them to follow whenever necessary. “
Which, I’m sure, doesn’t include running straight to the press?
Mind you, over the water, they have a rather … umm, different issue with school uniform:
The school district in Little Rock, Ark. has announced plans for a dress code that will require teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers will have to wear bras, too.
I’ll just leave that one there…
H/T: Protein Wisdom