School sending boy, 12, home because of his haircut was ‘a breach of his human rights’ says Dad

Ibraheem Star, 12, from Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, was sent home from Halifax High School after his hair cut was deemed offensive
Ibraheem Star, 12, from Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, was sent home from Halifax High School after his hair cut was deemed offensive

A FURIOUS father has branded a school’s decision to send his son home because of haircut ‘a breach of his human rights’.

Star Mahmood’s son Ibraheem, 12, was sent home from Halifax High School on Monday after getting patterns shaved into his head on Saturday.

Ibraheem Star, 12, from Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, was sent home from Halifax High School after his hair cut was deemed offensive

Ibraheem Star, 12, from Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, was sent home from Halifax High School after his hair cut was deemed offensive

Mr Mahmood, 44, of Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, said his son was told the haircut was ‘outrageous’ by staff.

He said: “I was shocked. It’s ridiculous.

“There are no rules in the uniform policy about haircuts.

“As long as it’s not harming anyone - as long as there are no images or words or anything that could be considered abusive or offensive, what’s the harm?

“I think he looks smart.

“I’m proud of every child who looks after their appearance.

“What right have they got to say my son’s hair is outrageous?

“There’s nothing in their rules about it.

“There’s no problem if they let parents know. Rules are the rules.

“Fair enough.

“Then it’s up to the parents, it’s their choice. But you can’t enforce something that you deem offensive.

“I believe it’s a breach of my child’s human rights. ”

Mr Mahmood said he has spoken to staff at the school and told them he will not shave out the pattern until they send letters out stating it as a rule.

Headteacher Jackie Nellis said she cannot comment on individual cases but stressed the school has high expectations about pupils’ uniform and conduct.

She said: “We believe having high expectations leads to high standards of achievement as evidenced in the recently published 2011 performance tables.

“Halifax High students made the best progress of all schools across Calderdale and achieved the highest value added scores.

“We want the very best for our students and we believe that high standards of uniform, conduct and presentation are a key aspect of encouraging high expectations and standards in all of our students.”