A mother spoke up after her 11-year-old daughter was fined by her school for wearing a nose plug.
Karen Lunn told our sister site Leicestershire Live She allowed her daughter Macie to get a nose stud for her 11th birthday while on a family trip to Skegness last month.
She said Macie asked permission to have the piercing done and she gave in – unaware of the guidelines at the secondary school, Macie was just about to start.
A teacher at New College in Leicester discovered Macie’s piercing and was sent to a “reflection class” the school calls.
Frau Lunn told Leicestershire Live“She is forced to sit in a separate class – a reflection class – where she cannot do normal work. She can only read for a few hours.
Jane Brown, the school principal, said, “We have a very well established unified policy and this is clearly communicated to all parents and parents-to-be.
“There is currently no intention of changing this policy or reducing our high expectations.”
According to the school uniform policy provided to parents and future parents, the New College allows ear piercings with rivets, Ms. Lunn said.
She believes that her daughter’s nose stud is “no different”.
She added, “She wears the right uniform and equipment – she has always been described as a willing and caring person.
“She’s never had any problems.”
Ms. Lunn said the school said that if she removed the piercing, Macie would be allowed to return to normal class and that Macie was, overall, a well behaved student.
However, Ms. Lunn is unwilling to remove the piercing as her daughter’s nose is still healing and could become infected.
She also claimed that Macie had meanwhile returned home from school in distress because she was unable to attend class with her friends. Macie also told her mother that older students do not adhere to the uniform policy.
Ms. Lunn added, “It seems like the older children can get away with what they want, but they think they have to hit the younger ones hard. They should lead by example if they are to set such a high standard. “
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