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School rule snub unacceptable

Published:Monday | June 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I have always agreed with Professor Carolyn Cooper's commentaries. However, her recent piece, 'Leggo beast tamed at school', which was published on Sunday, June 11, 2017, struck a discord. I thought Professor Cooper would have proffered a balanced and uncommon perspective on three Vauxhall High teachers who allegedly pinned down a schoolboy and cut his hair.

Like Professor Carolyn Cooper, I do not agree with the teachers' actions. On the other hand, too many of us have not acknowledged what the occurrence truly represents.

Perhaps the student had been instructed, repeatedly too, to have his hair cut in accordance with the school's regulations. Perhaps, too, the school had contacted, or, at least, attempted to contact, the parents to have their child cut his hair. Presumably, all efforts proved futile.

We must recognise that the student was not merely 'disciplined' for the hairstyle he wore, but for his failure to abide by a rule of which he was aware.

I agree that some school rules need to be amended over time. I also admit that students' creativity must be facilitated and fostered, but certainly not like Professor Cooper suggested.



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