Life’s Unfair, And There Are Consequences, Tia…

…shame your mother never taught you that:

Fourteen-year-old Tia Dean got a piercing below her lip at the beginning of July.

But when she turned up at Newent Community School the next day, teachers pointed out the stud was against uniform policy and asked her to remove it.

When she refused the headteacher sent her home.

Here we go again, the never-ending story of school uniform rebellion.

Except, with a twist:

Tia’s mum Clare decided to keep her at home for the last weeks of term, angry that the school would not back down.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. She’s the adult, right? It’s hard to tell, though:

“They said she had to take it out, but I will not let her take it out,” said Clare, 32, of Ayland Close, Newent.

“She goes to school and dresses correctly but she has a piercing.

“It is not affecting anybody. There are teachers there with piercings and dyed hair but they are allowed to teach.

“They are supposed to be setting an example. Why is there no dress code for them?”

Because that’s life, Clare, and better little Tia learns it now, rather than when (if!) the world of work beckons.

What’s she going to do when she realises the office manager in McDonalds has a company car and she doesn’t? Go running to mummy?

“Now she has been denied interaction with teachers,” she said. “I am not the one denying Tia the right to an education. She just wants to be herself.”

She can be herself, outside school. In school, the rules change. Again, that’s life.

… (headteacher Jane Steele) said: “The uniform code is about the community of the school.

“We do our best to make it economically affordable for the parents and comfortable for the children. It is about breaking down barriers about what children are wearing. All students abide by the code, it represents the school, it is a great leveller.”

She added that teachers did not come under the same rules as pupils.

“We do not have a uniform code for the staff, they are not under the same jurisdiction as a 14-year-old who has to come to school,” she said.

“For me it is the quality of their teaching that is important.”

And it’s a hard enough job trying to teach them English, Maths and History, without having to teach them self-control as well, thanks to useless parents like Clare.

7 comments for “Life’s Unfair, And There Are Consequences, Tia…

  1. August 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

    It certainly is hard enough – and the subtext mum Clare is passing on to her daughter is that fashion is more important than education. Maybe passing it on to other kids too via the drama.

  2. Twenty_Rothmans
    August 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    What does Tia’s father have to say about it?

  3. August 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I may be accused of jumping to conclusions, but I’m guessing her middle names Maria 😉

    • August 30, 2011 at 6:36 am


  4. Peter MacFarlane
    August 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    @TwentyRothmans – that was a rhetorical question, no?

    @PavlovsCat – excellent!

  5. steng
    August 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

    At least the school had a policy they were prepared to do something about. A friend of mine taught at a college fora while. Big signs up everywhere saying ‘no mobile phones’ were ignored every day as stoodentz checked their facebook pages and called their mates up in lesson.

    However the college would not back him up if he tried to stop the brats using them. Their view was the rule had to be enforced, but they as a College were not willing to enforce it.

    • September 1, 2011 at 6:55 am

      And then we wonder why we have a generation with no respect of or fear of the legal system…

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