A FURIOUS mum has blasted her son's school for harming his mental health after claiming he was put in a "locked room" because of his haircut.
Sam Deyes has temporarily taken son Charlie, 14, out of class after he was reportedly ordered into isolation at Kingswood Academy in Hull.
The teen shaved the bottom half of his hair and trimmed the top during the Easter break, Hull Live reports.
But teachers reportedly said the cut "did not meet school uniform policy", and Sam was told in a phone call this week that Charlie would be put in isolation.
She took him to the hairdressers on Monday "in an attempt to satisfy the school", but claims he was ordered back into isolation the following day.
"He had his hair cut before he got back to school," she said.
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"I took him to school and then I got a phone call that basically said that they've had to put Charlie into isolation.
"I asked, 'Why?' and they said, 'Because of his haircut, it doesn't meet the school policies'.
"They said it because of a fade line or something and you could see two contrasting colours.
"I said, 'Well, obviously you're going to see two contrasting colours because half of it's shaved and the top of it's trimmed'. He's not added colours or anything like that."
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She visited the school on Monday to complain again – and was told Charlie's hairstyle was "distracting other pupils".
She says Charlie was put in a booth in a locked room and allowed to go to the toilet just twice a day with a teacher escort.
"I said, 'How is that affecting his education?' A school uniform, I totally understand that policies have got to be strict," she said.
"I said, 'It's a haircut, can you explain to me why you've had to put him in isolation?' It's punishing him.
"It's not good for his mental health to be sat alone in an isolated room."
Charlie returned to hairdresser Adrian Shann after school, but on Tuesday teachers said he was being isolated again.
And the following day, Sam decided to keep him out of school altogether, despite warnings she could be fined.
"I'd rather have a fine than let my son suffer like that," she said.
'NOT GOOD FOR MENTAL HEALTH'
Kingswood Academy is the highest performing school in Yorkshire.
The school features a uniform policy guide online, which says hair needs to be "smart and conservative".
It adds: "Extreme hair colours are not permitted (only natural looking colours are allowed).
"Extreme hair styles, including obvious step changes in hair length, shaved lines/patterns and coloured hair braids are also not permitted for any student.
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"Students will be asked to rectify these issues as soon as possible and parents will be contacted.
"If the issue cannot be rectified, the student will be placed in consequences until the hair meets academy expectations."
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