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Great Sankey mum in Penketh High School row over son's haircut
10:30am Thursday 20th October 2011 in News
A MUM has taken her 11-year-old son out of school in a row over his mohican haircut.
Kirsty Smith is currently keeping son Regan away from Penketh High School because staff have told him to change his hairstyle or he will be put into isolation until it grows back.
But Kirsty, of Cronulla Drive, Great Sankey, is refusing to back down and remove the mohican.
The 36-year-old said: “I find it ridiculous that they think I should change his haircut.
“He only wears it down for school – I wouldn’t let him wear it up.
“It’s part of his individuality and I’m not prepared to change it and he doesn’t want me to either.”
Regan has sported the mohican, designed by Kirsty, for six years.
Regan said: “I would feel ridiculous without it, it makes me an individual. All my mates like it and some want it too.”
Kirsty says she is willing to widen the mohican but that Regan is ‘keeping the style full stop’.
He has previously dyed the mohican blue, red and purple.
“We are a different family and this is our lifestyle,” she said.
“He is being punished for his individuality.”
The mum-of-three said that her son is a grade A student and goes to various after school clubs.
Regan plays rugby, trains at judo and wants to be a cage fighter.
He is also training to do tattoos like dad and tattoo artist Andy.
His mum said: “I like people to walk into a room and see him. This doesn’t affect his lifestyle – his grades, attitude and behaviour are good.
“My concern is getting him back into school.”
And she added she could home tutor Regan if head teacher Jeff Hughes does not allow the mohican to remain.
Mr Hughes said: “At our school we have a clear policy on haircuts which applies to all pupils and which all parents are aware of.
“We’ve been in discussions with Mr and Mrs Smith about this issue and our main priority is getting their son back into school. We want to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”