A fuming father has hit out at his son’s school after the child was sent home because of a Sergio Aguero haircut.
Garry Hill could not believe it when Astley Sports College in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, told him and his wife that someone had to come and pick their son Garry Jnr up because he had two lines shaved into his own hair.
The 11-year-old was allegedly also targeted by staff of the school, who it is claimed singled out Garry Jnr’s shoes.
After arriving at school and being spotted by a teacher, Garry Jnr claims a member of staff called out “hey, Mr Tramlines”, before asking: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?”.
According to the Manchester Evening News, When Garry Jnr said he wasn’t, he is said to have been told: “Really? No? Well you should be.”
The school called his mother Abigail, 30, from Dukinfield, and told her to arrange for him to be picked up because of his ‘severe’ haircut and shoes.
And shocked dad Garry, 45, drove to school and spoke to the headteacher.
“I was told the haircut was unacceptable.
“I said I would take him home and shave out the lines.
“But then I was told his shoes were unacceptable.
“I told them I had bought them from Trespass from their back-to-school range.
“They are solid shoes with proper rubber soles.
“They look like shoes.
“They are shoes.
“He’d been to the induction day in them and I was told they’d be fine.”
The father-of-six went home with his son and ‘shaved out’ the two lines on the side of Garry Jnr head and returned at 1pm, asking to speak to the teacher said to have asked if his son was ashamed.
He added: “It was just ridiculous.
“It was his first day at a new school.
Mr Hill continued: “I was happy to sort his hair and I could have got him some more shoes at a later point.
“They could have just said ‘we have a couple of issues with his hair and shoes and it could have been sorted.
“I was willing to be flexible if they were.
“There was no mediation.
“My son is confused about the school.
“He doesn’t know whether he wants to go back there or not.
“We’re talking about getting him into a new school.
“He’s a City supporter and he totally admires Sergio Aguero.”
Eamonn Murphy, head teacher at the 600-pupil school, told the MEN: “These are the rules and parents know them.”
The school’s website makes it clear hair with ‘steps’ or ‘tramlines’ aren’t acceptable and nor are black shoes with velcro straps instead of laces.
These rules are posted to parents and emphasised with pictures of shoes deemed unacceptable during their induction day, insisted Mr Murphy.
He said pupils who fall foul of rules on hair are given an hour to rectify it and that pupils are loaned shoes until they get an appropriate pair.
Mr Murphy said he would be meeting with Garry and added: “If there’s something where we feel we have done wrong, we will of course apologise.”
But he stood by the school’s dress policy which he said he had bolstered in the five years he had been at head at the school.
He continued: “We don’t allow trainers at the school and that’s in line with many schools today.
“He wasn’t happy about that and he decided to take his son home.
“I have pointed out to Mr Hill that those rules are on our website and we have sent him a letter about it that actually trainers aren’t appropriate.
“It could not be any easier.
“These are the standards we expect and that would have been very clear to parents and prospective parents.”
He said allowing even small deviations from the required hair-style was the ‘thin end of the wedge’, adding: “If you allow it one day then the next day you have a mohican.
“That’s not going to be the school I’m headteacher of.
“If you turn up for an interview with inappropriate dress you’re probably not going to get a job.”
A spokesperson for Tameside council said: “All secondary schools have a uniform policy which sets out the expected standards of dress.
“This is published very clearly on the school’s website and is shared with parents at the induction evening for new parents well in advance of the Autumn term.
“Pupils are expected to fully comply with the uniform policy.
“If a parent has an issue about school uniform, they should raise this with the head teacher or chair of governors.”
It is the second time a child has been sent home from school for having a Sergio Aguero haircut.
In February this year, Tom Moseley was told he would have to wear a hat in lessons or stay at home after he arrived in classes with a style similar to his idol.