Boy punished by school for too short hair – day after being told it was too long

A teenager says he’s baffled after being punished by his school for cutting his hair too short – just a day after being told off because it was too long.

Jonathon Soares, 16, was first told that his haircut – featuring short sides and a long floppy fringe – was too long, even though he had sported it for months.

The student duly got a £10 trim that night at his local hairdresser and had the sides ‘shaved faded’ and the top and fringe cut shorter.

However the following day he was stunned when a teacher at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was told off for his ‘Meet Me at McDonalds’ haircut.

The teenager was punished for his new do and was put in isolation for the rest of the week – where he was forced to work alone.

Jonathan’s mum was outraged by the school’s decision to isolate her son and is worried this will now affect his GCSEs – which he is set to take at the end of the year.

The youngster’s hair is naturally curly and brown.

His mum, Sophia Soares, 35, said: "It’s ridiculous. It seems to me like they are making an example out of Jonathan.

"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 – it’s just a short back and sides.

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

The GY Charter Academy pupil now fears he may not get his place at East Norfolk Sixth Form College next year if he gets excluded in his final months at the school.

Sophia added: "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."

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

The Trust said: "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.

"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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