An Australian boy was sent home from school because of his haircut, and the reason why is silly.
Jake Fedele had gone to Corpus Christi College (a secondary school) in Perth on Monday to pick up his exam results and was told to go home because his hair was allegedly too short, reported Australian News.com.au.
The boy’s mother, Sandra Fedele, told 6PR radio that her son texted her from school telling her what had happened.
“This morning he went to school on his last day to get his exam results, he’s Year 10, he got told, he texted me and said, ‘Mum, I’ve been told I have to go home, I’m not allowed to be at school, my hair’s too short’,” she told host Gary Ashead.
Teachers at the school decided that the sides of Jake’s hair were trimmed too short and could possibly “offend” a fellow student or teacher.
It is against school policy for students to have hair shorter than a standard number two blade cut.
After teachers explained that to Fedele, she went to a barber and got a note stating her son’s cut didn’t break the rules.
Apparently that wasn’t good enough, officials explained, because the cut could look shorter because the boy had fine hair, and that could still be considered offensive.
Authorities finally decided Jake could go back to class but he had to wear a hat on his head all day long.
For those wondering, Jake’s haircut is longer than the haircuts soldiers wear while serving in the U.S. military, WND reported.
In an interview with Seven News quoted by News.com.au, Jake said he thought the whole thing was “stupid.”
It’s hard to disagree with that assessment.
Listen to the mother’s interview below:
This is beyond ridiculous. We are living in dangerous times when a standard haircut — or just about any haircut, really — could be considered offensive to anyone.
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