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Face piercing rule angers father
Danielle Mussell
Danielle says the piercing is not a safety hazard
A Sussex school's decision to ban facial piercings on health grounds has angered one father who supports his teenage daughter's right to wear them.

Head teacher at Filsham Valley school, Chris Kelly, said her priority was pupil safety and the health dangers were "too serious".

But Danielle Mussell, 15, has her tongue, ears and nose pierced and is supported by her father Lee.

East Sussex County Council say the issue is up to head teachers.

Mrs Kelly said: "I am particularly concerned about facial piercing and in particular tongue piercing because the health dangers are very serious."

But Mr Mussel said: "I like piercing and I've got one myself and if my girls want one then my girls get one.

"I think the decision is unacceptable because piercing is accepted these days and I can't see the problem."

The rule at the school in Hastings is set to come in after the Easter break.

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