Mother’s fury after her altar boy son, 14, is sent home from school over haircut he got to be smart for church
- Casey Healy, 14, was sent home from school in west London due to his hair cut
- He is a student of St Thomas More Language College in Chelsea west London
- His mother Charlotte Healy, 29, said Casey did not have an extreme hair cut
- She admitted she might move him to another school as a result of the row
The mother of a 14-year-old boy from Ladbroke Grove says she is considering changing her son’s school after he was sent home over his haircut, she claims.
Casey Healy, a student at St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic school in Chelsea, was sent home on Tuesday for a haircut which was deemed against school policy, according to his mother.
The pupil’s mum Charlotte Healy claims her 14-year-old son was left upset and worried after being sent home from school because of his hair at around 9.10am.
Casey Healy, 14, pictured, was sent home from school because of his hair cut
Ms Healy, a mother of three from Ladbroke Grove, west London, said: ‘They said that it’s against their school uniform policy.
‘It wasn’t a dramatic cut, it was just a little bit shaved and then longer on the top. But he was sent home because I’ve already told them he isn’t allowed to go into isolation.
‘He’s come home scared and a bit worried over just a haircut. He has been [at the school] for three years, he has 100 per cent attendance and his punctuality is 100 per cent.
‘Casey hasn’t gone back in today, so now he’s missing more time off school, which he doesn’t really need to be doing. He’s got his GCSEs coming up.
‘I can’t see how a haircut would affect his education. It wasn’t dyed, it didn’t have any lines or any patterns. I could understand if he had it spray painted or it was very extreme.’
Miss Healy, 29, said her 14-year-old son’s hair was ‘a simple shave with a bit cut on the side’
According to Miss Healy, 29, her son had his hair cut for his brother’s communion on Sunday, which she explained to St Thomas More school on Tuesday.
She suggested the family would be ‘back in this predicament’ in two weeks time because Casey has his confirmation, for which he needs to be neat and tidy for church.
‘I’m considering moving him from the school, which obviously I don’t want to. I don’t really feel comfortable sending him back,’ Miss Healy added.
‘To get into this school we’ve had to go to church, we’ve had to make sure that we are there every Sunday. He’s had to become an altar boy and his attendance is 100 per cent, he is clean and tidy.
‘It is just a simple shave with a bit cut on the side. One of my neighbours even said that ‘that’s a lovely army haircut he has.’
The behaviour policy for St Thomas More school, in Cadogan Street, published in October 2017, suggests that students are not allowed to come in with ‘extreme hairstyles’.
It says: ‘Boys must be clean shaven and appearance must be of a high standard. No gel, mouse or wax. Boy’s hairstyles should be neat, tidy and a uniform length all over.
‘Boy’s hair should not be too short or too long. Students are not allowed to come to school with dyed hair or extreme hairstyles. Hair designs are not permitted.’
St Thomas More Language College was approached for comment by getwestlondon but was declined.
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