Hair colour issue sparks mum’s anger with Skegness Academy

Shaunni and Sharon Barker.
Shaunni and Sharon Barker.

A Skegness mum is ‘furious’ that her 15-year-old daughter was put into ‘isolation’ at school due to her hair colour.

Shaunni Barker dyed her locks a deep shade of crimson red at the weekend but teachers at Skegness Academy, where she attends, did not agree with the new shade.

The 15-year-old’s mother Sharon Barker was so angry, she picked up her daughter on Monday afternoon and decided she would be best at home.

“I’ve taken her home because she will get no work done without her teachers to help her,” said Sharon.

And this isn’t the first time Shaunni, who is described as being a ‘good and studious student’ by her mother, has been sent home due to her hair colour.

“It happened last summer but it was bright ginger,” said Shaunni who is in year 11.

“But ginger is a natural colour really,” she added.

And Sharon thinks it’s ‘disgusting’ a student can be sent home for their hair colour as she views it as not a bright colour.

“I think it’s disgusting; why does the colour affect how you learn, she is a good kid,” said Sharon.

Emma Hadley, Executive Principal for the Academy, said: “Our pupils are ambassadors for the Academy and we expect them to represent us in the correct manner.

“We want our pupils to present themselves smartly as we believe that the self-discipline this requires is an important lesson to learn as pupils will find that there is often a dress code in most places of work. We provide very clear guidance to parents in our prospectus.”