21/01/2015 06:40 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Boy, 9, Banned From Class Over Olivier Giroud Haircut


A nine-year-old boy has been banned from the classroom because he got his hair cut like Arsenal star Olivier Giroud.

Danny Purdy was sent home in tears after being told his new short, back and sides hairstyle breached school uniform rules.

And now his mum, Sarah, has threatened to withdraw him from Brooklands Middle School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, altogether.

Danny has been off school since last Friday after his mum was told he would be placed into isolation.

Mum-of-two Sarah, 33, has now asked the school for materials so she can tutor Danny from home until the row is resolved.

She said: "We genuinely didn't think a haircut like Danny's was breaking the rules.

"As long as children wear their school uniforms correctly and work hard at school, I really don't see what the problem is.

"I most certainly won't stand by and watch them make my son feel like an outcast and exclude him from lessons.

"I always thought we think with our brains and not our hair, but clearly not."

However, headteacher Steven Harrington-Williams defended the school's stance.

He said: "What happened was he came into school with a large portion of his hair shaved almost to the scalp while the rest was long.

"We don't expect that sort of haircut in the school. We would have placed him in the reflection area where he would have done something.

"The other thing that's distressing is that on the morning back from holidays, I gave a message to the whole school in what was acceptable in terms of appearance.

"We have a school policy on haircuts and unfortunately, I, as headteacher of the school, have to abide by those standards."

Sarah said she has been told by the school to shave all of her son's hair off.

She added that the uniform policy only bans 'extreme haircuts' but she does not think Danny's fell into that category.

She said: 'I don't see this as being extreme. What I have said to the head is that what some people see as acceptable others see as inappropriate.

"I suggested to him he needs to put a picture in the uniform policy of what is acceptable because how should we know?"

Arsenal's French international Giroud has become a fans favourite since joining the Gunners in 2012 and scored when they beat Manchester City 2-0 last Sunday.

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