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Girl, 11, put in isolation by school after getting ‘tiny’ nose stud


Macie was allowed to get the stud for her 11th birthday (Picture: BPM)

A girl has been put in isolation right after starting secondary school because of her nose piercing, with her mum saying she is being unfairly ‘punished’.

Macie, 11, was allowed to get the ‘tiny’ stud for her birthday, when her family went on a trip to Skegness.

She was excited about it – but since coming back home, has been struggling as she is not allowed to sit in class as usual.

Her mum Karen Lunn says it is not fair to ask Macie to remove the stud at the moment, as the piercing has not yet healed so could become infected.

She said her daughter pleaded for permission to get the piercing and she had given in – unaware of the policy in place at the Leicester school she was about to start.

A teacher at New College, in the New Parks area of the city, spotted Macie’s piercing and she was sent to sit in what the school calls a ‘reflection class’.

Ms Lunn admitted to being partially fault because she was not aware of the school policy – but is now calling for the rule to be relaxed, saying her daughter is being ‘unfairly punished’.

Karen Lunn says her daughter is being unfairly punished for having a nose stud (Picture: BPM Media)
She says she can’t take it out because it’s still healing (Picture: BPM Media)

‘She is being made to sit in a separate class – called a reflection class- where she doesn’t get to do the normal work. She just gets to read for a few hours,’ Ms Lunn said.

She added that her daughter is also being kept from PE classes and is not being allowed out during break times.

According to the school uniform policy, which is made available to parents and prospective parents, New College allows studded ear-piercings, Ms Lunn said.

She believes her daughter’s nose stud is ‘no different’.

After taking her concerns up with the school, she said she was told that Macie would have to remove the piercing before being allowed back into normal classes.

The school agreed her daughter was a good student, she said.

‘She wears all the correct uniform and has all the right equipment – she has always been described as a willing and caring person,’ she added.

‘She has never had any problems.’

She accused the school of denying a good student her education and claimed Macie has since returned home from school in distress about her predicament.

She has told her mum she has noticed older pupils and even teachers at the school do not adhere to the uniform policy.

Her mum added: ‘In Macie’s old school, the pupils were treated as equals and the staff wouldn’t wear something the children couldn’t.

‘It seems like the older children can get away with what they want but they think they need to come down hard on the younger ones.

She added: ‘They should be setting an example if they want to set such a high standard.’

Jane Brown, the school’s principal said: ‘We have a very well established uniform policy and this is communicated clearly with all parents and prospective parents.

‘There is no current intention to change this policy or to reduce our high expectations.’

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