‘Extreme hair’ ruins first day at new school

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FIRST days at secondary school are all about making new friends and finding your way round - but for Chris Hayman it became a heated debate about the style of his hair.

The 11-year-old was excited to start at Crookhorn College of Technology, but says within minutes of arriving, there were questions asked about his ‘extreme hairstyle’.

Chris Hayman''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132427-459)

Chris Hayman''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132427-459)

Chris normally has the sides of his head shaved very short, with longer hair on top.

A teacher later called his father, Christian Hayman, to say his son would have to have his hairstyle blended in if he wanted to attend classes.

Mr Hayman said the teacher asked him to come and collect his son, but the school’s headteacher strongly denies this ever happened.

Chris had to leave a maths lesson and was taken home by his dad at about 2.30pm.

Chris said: ‘They said “your hair is a bit extreme, isn’t it?”

‘They said that as I was walking into school. They said they had to phone my parents. I went round the classes and got stopped half way through a maths lesson.’

He added: ‘It’s a bit harsh on my first day that I was taken out of a class I was enjoying.

‘I have seen teachers and other kids with hair like that. My other school did not say anything – they liked it.’

Mr Hayman, 42, of Elgar Walk, Waterlooville, said: ‘He’s basically got his hair short at the sides like a lot of other kids nowadays.

‘There’s no earrings and he had the correct uniform. I have seen lots of kids walking round with exactly the same hair. There’s kids with different colours of hair, some with earrings. It just shocks me. Their attitude is poor.’

Grahame Sammons, headteacher, told The News: ‘We will talk with the parents and we will work something out with the parents. The bottom line is his hairstyle should not be more important than his education.

‘It’s the lad’s first day. It’s a great shame his dad took him.

‘The standards are set out – they are pretty clear. The hair style is not appropriate for school. There is no suggestion at all this lad was excluded or had to go home – that’s not the case.’

He added: ‘It was the extreme nature of the style.

‘We are not in the middle ages. We don’t have them all coming in with short, back and sides and we try to be accommodating.’