Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HAIR BAN; Row over Highlights

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HAIR BAN; Row over Highlights

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Byline: By SARA NICHOL

EXCITED Toni Oxley was looking forward to her first day back at school and showing-off her new hairstyle to her pals.

But the 12-year-old was stunned when after less than 48 hours back in the classroom she was sent home by teachers - because her beloved blonde highlights were deemed too "extreme".

The Kingsmeadow Comprehensive pupil, from Gateshead, claims staff have now ordered her to change her hair colour or she'll be given an internal suspension -meaning she will have to study in isolation.

Toni said: "They didn't say anything to me when I went in on Wednesday, but on Thursday they said 'your hair is classed as extreme - you know the rules'.

"I think it's pathetic. How is my haircut going to spoil my education?"

Her mum, Kelly Drewett, 27, who has another daughter, Katie, is refusing to change her elder daughter's hair and will not send her back to the school in Dunston, Gateshead, until the matter is resolved.

Kelly added: "She had the highlights put in by her aunty, who is a hairdresser, about three weeks ago. …

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