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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 17:04 GMT
Boy's bleached hair sparks school row
hairdresser cutting anon young man's hair
Stephen Bennett's hair was transformed from brown to blond
The parents of a 14-year-old boy have taken him out of school because he was banned from lessons for having bleached hair.

Stephen Bennett was made to sit in an "exclusion room" after arriving in class with his newly-dyed hair at Great Barr Secondary School, Birmingham.

But his parents, of Hassop Road, Great Barr, say their son looks "smart", and have criticised the school for the way it handled the matter.

Stephen's father, also called Stephen, 44, said: "He was made to sit in a room for six-and-a-half hours with no break with two naughty boys.

'It isn't unsightly'

"He is well-liked by his teachers and other pupils and is working hard.

"There are girls with the same coloured hair and boys with streaks in theirs.

"If we thought he was going against school policy we would not have let him do it."

His mother Deborah said the school's stance had forced her to withdraw her son from lessons.

She said: "He has gone from brunette to blond, but it isn't unsightly. It hasn't affected his work, but he wasn't going to learn anything stuck in an exclusion room all day."

'No extreme hair styles'

The school's deputy head, Maureen Brennan, said the school had strict standards to uphold.

She said: "The governors have agreed a strict uniform policy and part of that includes no extreme hair styles.

"If parents attended the parents' evening they would have heard the school's policy outlined.

"We have exceptionally high standards and the parents support us. It is a pity we are not talking about the achievements of the school."

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