Charity Head Shave Schoolboy Rhys Johnson Allowed Back To School After Fellow Pupils Protest

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A schoolboy banned from class after he shaved his head for charity in honour of his aunt has been allowed back in after his fellow pupils staged a mass walkout in protest of his treatment.

Rhys Johnson, 14, was ordered to be taught in isolation for flouting the school uniform code and getting his head shaved at a Macmillan cancer charity event.

The teenager, from Milford Haven, west Wales, raised £700 with a friend last weekend when he took part in the charity's UK-wide annual coffee morning.

The Milford Haven School pupil wanted to raise cash for cancer research after his aunt was diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease.

But he went ahead with the charity event despite being warned in advance by the school not to get his head shaved.

As a result he was removed from class when he showed up at school last Monday without a hair on his head and was subsequently taught in isolation.

A walkout by up to 250 school pupils in protest at his continued separation from the rest of the school appears to have helped force a rethink.

Lucy O'Neill, the teenager's mother, said her son would be allowed back in to classes as normal from next Monday.

"I'm very proud of Rhys and I've been completely overwhelmed by the support from his friends, fellow students and parents," she told the Western Telegraph of Haverfordwest.

"I'm happy that they achieved what they wanted through the protest and it proved that they weren't prepared to back down. Most of the students have gone back into school now and we're trying to get the others to go back in."

She said that the decision regarding her son was taken after she had met senior teachers at the school.

On Monday she will meet with headteacher Rod Francis together with her son, who wants an apology from the school for the way he has been treated.

Mrs O'Neill has highlighted the different way in which her son's friend, Tesni, was treated for taking part in the charity event last Saturday.

The schoolgirl, who attends Tasker Milward VC School in Haverfordwest, was reportedly praised for her money-raising efforts for the cancer charity.

Pembrokeshire County Council said previously that policy differs from school to school regarding a uniform code, which is set by a governing body.

A council spokesman confirmed that a walkout by pupils at Milford Haven School in protest at the treatment of Rhys Johnson had taken place.

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