Girl, 12, put in isolation as mum says hips too wide for uniform skirt

A 12-year-old girl was banned from the classroom because her mother said her hips were too wide to wear the mandatory uniform skirt.

Shylah Johnson was taken to the isolation ward of her school at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus in Leicestershire.

Mama Daisy says Shylah’s hips are too wide for the uniform skirt and that she spent the summer looking for a suitable one, reports Leicestershire Live.

The headmistress says they offered to tailor Shylah a skirt, but they couldn’t have compromised with her family.

Daisy says off-the-shelf black pleated skirts don’t fit properly and she’s tried to buy them at stores like Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Matalan, and Primark.

Daisy and her partner Dharmesh Patel say they have no choice but to send Shylah to school in a plain black skirt instead of the required pleated skirt.

Shylah was immediately removed from class and isolated for wearing the wrong uniform.

Daisy said, “We spent hundreds of pounds ordering skirts that didn’t fit and returning them, we’ve tried everywhere, but because she has wide hips and a narrow waist, the skirts don’t fit right.

“So we had to get her a regular skirt that would fit, but she was immediately put into isolation because it wasn’t pleated.

“She already missed two tests this week because she can’t do full-time education just because her skirt isn’t wrinkled.

“She is really discriminated against because she has no body shape for her uniform policy. The school even gave us one of her skirts to wear and it doesn’t fit around her waist at all.”

Dharmesh, Daisy and Shylah bought skirts in countless stores to find a suitable one

Daisy added, “They told us to just refuse and wear it this way for now, but there is a big gap in her waist and it doesn’t fit.

“It’s not that she doesn’t want to wear the school skirt. She is in 8th grade and wore one in her first year. But she had a growth spurt in the summer and her age doesn’t fit.

“At best, she has problems with her fear and that really doesn’t help.

“The school told us that if she is allowed to wear a plain black skirt, others will use it as an excuse to wear one. But that is not the case with her, they should be punished for voluntarily breaking the uniform “Shylah would only break because she has no choice.”

Brookvale Groby Learning Campus Principal Will Teece said, “The school has had the same uniform policy for many years. but it just looks like she doesn’t want to wear the skirt.

“We have 1,500 other students who had no problems with their uniforms and who have settled in well into the new academic year.

“We’ll do everything we can to help the students get the right uniform, and everyone else on campus is wearing the right uniform.

“We’d like nothing more than to get the student back into full-time education, and we feel we have given parents and students more than enough opportunities to do that.”

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