NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 23rd, 2013.
Police were called to Bryn Alyn School today after students disagreed with action taken against a pupil who had shaved his head for charity.
A pupil claims he shaved his hair after his friends step brother had been diagnosed with leukaemia. The pupil in question has said he was “Internally excluded for shaving my hair off for Matt” and the action “made me feel sick”. We believe ‘internally suspended’ means being able to attend school but not being allowed to mix with other pupils for lessons or breaks.
Brian Whiteley, Headteacher at Ysgol Bryn Alyn said “We can confirm that Callum was not suspended or expelled the by the school.”
“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.”
“The school was not made aware of Callum’s circumstances and we have attempted to contact the family. Both staff and pupils at Ysgol Bryn Alyn will continue to actively support Callum and his family as much as possible during this difficult time.”
Today fellow students ‘went on strike’ due to action taken against Callum. Earlier today we were told “Year 11 pupils in Ysgol Bryn Alyn on strike now after year 11 pupil expelled for shaving head to raise money for charity”. Some pupils remained on playing fields rather than entering the school and we are told teachers then threatened to take action against pupils and call the police.
Police have confirmed they were called to the school at 3:50pm today. UPDATE: Police have clarified further saying they were called however did NOT attend.
Parents and pupils are currently voicing their feelings online via the usual Twitter and Facebook channels, with one even going as far as asking for ‘Justice for Callum’. One pupil said “Bryn Alyn was like a ****ing episode of waterloo road today”.
The school’s website gives guidance to what is acceptable for hair saying “Hair should be natural in colour. Extremes of fashion are not acceptable within school. Long hair must be tied back for P.E., Design and Technology and other practical activities.”
The link to the JustGiving page that the pupil is apparently supporting is here, and currently has raised over £1000 for charity.