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Boy, 3, Banned From Nursery Photo Over 'Extreme' Haircut

01/12/2014 09:36 | Updated 20 May 2015

Boy, 3, banned from nursery photo over 'extreme' haircut

A three-year-old boy was banned from his first school photograph – because his hair was too short.

Delaney Templeton but on his smartest clothes to have his picture taken with his nursery classmates at Southwick Community Primary School in Sunderland.

But when his mum Julieann Yates, 28, collected him from school, her son said he hadn't been allowed to pose and instead had to sit out and watch.

And when Julieann went to see the Head, she was told Delaney's hair broke school uniform rules and was 'extreme' as it had been cut too short.

Julieann, who lives in Marley Pots, Sunderland, told her local paper: "I was really, really mad. We were really looking forward to having his picture taken with the other children and he was talking about it on the way to nursery that morning.

"It would have been his first ever school photos. I was very, very upset and angry. Most of the school had their photos taken."

She added: "My son has had the exact same hairstyle since he started nursery in September and the school has never said it was inappropriate.

"He was the only one in his year who was excluded, but there were a lot of children in the school, with combovers, who had their photos taken."

Headteacher Mrs Stoker said: "Every family with a child at our school receives a home school agreement which includes the school uniform policy and extreme haircuts.

"Also letters are regularly sent out to remind parents of the school rules on extreme haircuts.

"That agreement, drawn up and agreed by staff and parents/carers at our school is there to help maintain levels of attainment, behaviour and discipline and improve standards.

"For a number of years, we have taken the time and trouble to arrange a photographer to come into school to take pictures of children on behalf of their families without any problems.

"We are all disappointed that this year a handful of parents who chose to ignore the home school agreement policies and rules should deliberately disrupt those arrangements for everyone else.

"The vast majority of parents and carers of 370 pupils at our school respected the school uniform policy and will receive their photographs."

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