PUPILS staged a protest over a boy’s punishment for shaving his head.
Schoolchildren at Ysgol Bryn Alyn congregated on the Gwersyllt school’s playing field just after lunchtime yesterday.
They were annoyed a pupil was reprimanded for adopting a close cut hairstyle in honour of a friend diagnosed with leukaemia.
It is believed the police were contacted as a result of the disturbance.
A Year 9 student, who did not wish to be named, said word was being spread around the school to meet up on the field to protest against the Year 10 pupil’s punishment of being taught in isolation.
She said: “I first heard about it at break-time and everyone spread it around. Then it started at PM registration just after dinner-time.
“Everyone started going outside but the teachers seemed to know about it as well and made everyone come back in.
“We all went back to classes then.”
Brian Whiteley, headteacher at Ysgol Bryn Alyn, confirmed the pupil was not suspended or expelled by the school.
He added: “The school was not made aware of [the pupil's] circumstances and we have attempted to contact the family.
“Both staff and pupils at Ysgol Bryn Alyn will continue to actively support [the pupil] and his family as much as possible during this difficult time.”
Mr Whiteley added: “The school consistently upholds the highest possible standards of personal conduct, uniform and appearance.
“We enjoy the strong support of the vast majority of pupils and carers who share with us a positive focus on the learning, achievement and personal development of our young people.”
However one parent said the school “should be ashamed”.
“This is discrimination. What is the world coming to?” the woman said. “If he was my child I’d go berserk.”
She added: “My daughter went to this school a few years ago and she dyed her hair pink for Cancer Research with the school’s permission.
“But when it wouldn’t come out they sent her home and I had to spend £40 getting it re-dyed.
“I have a little girl who should be going there soon but I’ll definitely be thinking twice about that now.”