Boy, 11, banned from school for 'Stars and Stripes' haircut
Last updated at 12:28 20 March 2008
Jack Blenkharn will only be allowed back once the hair has grown or he has it shaved out.
His mum Carol paid £20 for his head to be decorated with the sportswear firm's logo, eight stripes and a star.
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The hairdresser responsible for Jack's cut has defended the style, calling it 'very popular' with footballers
But teachers at Sale High School, in Sale, Greater Manchester, ordered him home.
Jack said: "I don't understand why I was sent home. My haircut looked good and it was the best design in the shop. Only one of my friends saw it and they said it looked really cool."
Mrs Blenkharn, from Sale, said: "To send an 11-year-old boy home because of his hair is ridiculous. I'm not going to shave his head to the bone. He'd look stupid.
"Some of the girls at the school have pink hair and some of the teachers have their hair dyed as well.
"Jack was really upset when we got home. It was embarrassing for him. He wants to go back to school."
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Banned: But Jack's mum refuses to shave the style out, claiming it will make him look 'stupid'
Sale High School head Kathleen Leaver described Jack's hairstyle as "extreme" and said: "Our uniform policy makes our expectations very clear.
"We expect students to attend school looking businesslike as this is a working environment where high standards are expected.
"I want him back in school and learning as soon as possible and hope his parents will support me."
Dave Williams, the owner of Kut Above Creations in the Arndale, where Jack had his hair cut, said: "Styles like this are very popular, especially as a lot of footballers have them."
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