What do you do when you're literally too cool for school? Administrators at Forge Valley School in the UK sent 13-year-old Lauren McDowell home from her first day of classes, claiming that her leopard-spotted hairstyle (similar to those pictured above) violated dress-code regulations — but her mother believes it was a violation of Lauren's human rights.
"As far as I'm concerned it's a breach of my daughter's human rights," says mother of six Yvonne. "She had the hair cut about a week before she went back to school. No one has the right to tell someone what to do with their body." The school, however, sings a different tune. According to the head teacher, "The [dress code] policy clearly states that extreme haircuts, including hair color are not allowed." While school administrators say that such guidelines are regularly communicated to parents, Yvonne and Lauren claim not to have known about the rule.
"She loves school. She is not a bad pupil. She works hard. What has her hair got to do with her education?" Yvonne asked about the disciplinary action, adding: "They are discriminating against her because of how she looks. She has the right to express herself in whatever way she wants as long as she is in school uniform. They are refusing my child an education. She was in school wanting to learn."
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