Mother keeps 11-year-old son home from school after he is told to cut his 'anti-establishment' haircut

Saturday, October 22, 2011


A mother says she has been forced to keep her 11-year-old son out of school after teachers told him to cut his 'anti-establishment' mohican haircut.

Teachers at Penketh High School, Warrington, ordered Regan Smith to cut his mohican hairstyle or be thrown into remedial classes with unruly pupils.

But his mother Kirsty is refusing to back down in the row with the school, and is now even considering moving her son, a grade-A pupil, elsewhere.

Anti-authoritarian: Regan Smith, 11, from Great Sankey, Warrington
'I don't like Regan being out of school but I don't see why he should change his hairstyle,' Mrs Smith said.

'I asked if would be a problem when I went to one of the parents' evenings and I was told 'no'.

'But now he's been told to get rid of it or he'll be put in the same class as all the naughty kids.

'It's just wrong.'

She added: 'Regan feels more confident with the mohican and it's part of his individuality.'

'He doesn't even wear it up in school. There are kids with worse hairstyles than him but they're allowed to have them.'

Regan, who's sported the hairstyle for six years, said: 'I was told by the head that it was an 'extreme' and 'anti-establishment' hairstyle.

'I would feel ridiculous without it, it makes me an individual. All my mates like it and some want it too.'

Not backing down: Regan - with his mother, Kirsty, and father, Andy - has been taken out of school until threats to put him in isolation have been rescinded

'Part of his individuality': Regan has sported the hairstyle for the past six years and says he would feel 'ridiculous' without it

Mrs Smith and her husband, Andy, Regan's father, have already approached another school with view to moving him there.

The mother-of-four said she would be keeping Regan out of Penketh High until it lifted his hair ban.

Head teacher Jeff Hughes said: 'At our school we have a clear policy on haircuts which applies to all pupils and which all parents are aware of.

'We've been in discussions with Mr and Mrs Smith about this issue and our main priority is getting their son back into school.

'We want to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.'

'Clear policy': Jeff Hughes, headteacher of Penketh High School, says he wants the issue to be resolved as soon as possible


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