School orders student to cut off dreadlocks
She said the whole episode was upsetting Chikayzea, adding: ‘No school should be able to dictate things like that. It can never be right. It’s a human right. This is a child that goes to school to learn, not for fashion.’
Mr Ebenezer described FBS as a ‘strict academic school’ with ‘very distinctive ethos and culture’ and pupils from different cultures and religions.
He says he draws attention to the school’s uniform and appearance policy when addressing parents who are considering the FBS for their children, and that it is available on its website.
He said: ‘We are very clear what the school is about. Boys have to conform to uniform and appearance policy.
‘Boys are told to cut their hair or grow their hair. All boys need to follow and adhere to the school policy.”
Asked about religious concerns raised by Mrs Flanders, Mr Ebenezer added: ‘At the moment we are treating this as a social issue. I have seen no tenets that you have to have dreadlocks.
‘The kindest thing you can do for boys is have strict discipline and firm boundaries and everyone has to comply with that. They identify who we are.’