…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.
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.
“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.