A mum has slammed a school claiming her son was discriminated against for his mohican haircut.
Ethan Lewis, 13, started the new school year with the bold look – before teachers quickly pulled him from lessons and made him work under supervision of his form tutor for the day.
His mum, Romaine Coonghe has now criticised Strood Academy in Rochester for not being sensitive to Ethan's ethnicity, claiming the school allowed him to have the same hair style last year.
She said: "We live in Medway, and it's not the most diverse place.
"There aren't many kids with afros around here.
"I feel this is discriminatory as Ethan has partly Afro-Caribbean style hair and partially European hair.
"The school doesn't seem to understand how difficult it is to keep his hair neat so we try to keep it as short and tight as possible."
When he arrived at school last week, Ethan was told that he had flouted uniform rules.
According to his mother, he won't be allowed back into lessons with his classmates "for the foreseeable future".
She said: "The headmistress told me that they wanted to make an example out of Ethan, to show other kids what not to do.
"I did not think that was very appropriate at all.
"It is absolutely outrageous, especially when a child has learning difficulties.
"He's a very timid and shy boy, so it was humiliating for this to happen to him."
Ethan has sensory problems, meaning he gets distressed when he goes to have his hair cut, so his dad Russell Lewis cut his hair at home.
Romaine said: "It is so unfair that he has been humiliated and made an example of. It is almost like he is being treated as a criminal – it is too severe.
"He didn't even want a haircut, and it was our mistake for cutting it too short.
"I understand that rules are rules but what difference does 0.5 centimetres of hair make?"
Ethan occasionally does child modelling, and his signature mohican has helped him get jobs in the past.
Romaine added: "He's had this haircut since he was seven and it was never a problem in primary school, though he was pulled up on it once in January.
"People know him for his Mohican."
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