A whole lot of trouble for Wrexham boy after haircut

Reporter:

Thomas Morton

A HOLIDAY haircut has landed a Wrexham school pupil in trouble, much to his parents’ anger.

Ryan Myers, of Glen Avon, Maes-y-Dre, is a year 10 pupil at Ysgol Bryn Alyn.

He had stars and a tramline shaved into his hair on a recent family holiday to Turkey.

Father Craig Myers, 37, said he was shocked that on returning to school last week, the school has told him he must get it cut and he will have to sit in a room on his own until he does.

Mr Myers said: “It’s just a couple of shapes, small stars in his hair, not really that noticeable I don’t think.

“You can tell them how to behave and what uniform to wear but what they want to do with their personal appearance beyond that is up to them.”

Mother Sharon Myers said: “He was taken out of class, he was quite scared about what he was supposed to have done, but it was just his hair.

“He has been put in a room on his own and told he’ll have to do that until he gets his hair sorted.

“He’s just sitting there, he’s not in class.

“If I’d have known it would cause this I’d never have let him have it done.”

Mr Myers said getting it cut would make Ryan stand out more than leaving it to grow out.

“The only way he can get it cut is to get a grade one and then he’ll still have to wait for it to grow before he can go back into class,” said Mr Myers. “

He’s 15. Surely he can have his hair how he wants.

“It’s not doing any harm, it’s not offending anybody.

“They didn’t like him having a holiday for 10 days, but now they’re happy to give him more time off,” he added.

Robert Ratcliffe, headteacher at Ysgol Bryn Alyn, said: “He has not been told that he cannot attend school but he has been told to get his hair cut.

“He has not been ‘excluded’ because that is a formal process that needs to be gone through, and that is not happening in this instance.”

However, Mr Ratcliffe added if Ryan refused to get his hair cut there would continue to be sanctions.

John Davies, head of lifelong learning said: “Parents at Ysgol Bryn Alyn are asked when their pupils join the school to sign a home-school agreement, thereby supporting the school’s aims and values. Ysgol Bryn Alyn sets clear standards that all pupils are expected to follow, which Wrexham Council fully supports.”

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