Boy entangled in hair war with school

16th March 2001 at 00:00
THE parents of a boy who has been excluded from mainstream lessons because of his hairstyle are threatening to take the school to the High Court.

Paul Bajada, 12, was told last week he could not attend classes or mix with other youngsters at Stanwell comprehensive in Penarth, South Glamorgan, until he got rid of his crew cut.

Instead, he was ordered to sit in the deputy head's room and take lunch an hour later than classmates.

His father, Joseph Bajada, has now removed his son from the school and is planning legal action.

Lawyers have advised him that the school could be found guilty under the Human Rights Act o failing to provide him with an education, as well as breaching his right to freedom of expression. Mr Bajada, of Sully, said:

"Paul has always had his hair in this style and there are other boys at the school with similar haircuts. He does not want to get his hair cut.

"He is at school to get an education and, while I understand the need for certain standards, I can see nothing wrong with how he looks."

Mr Bajada's solicitor, Mike Charles, of Sinclair Solicitors, said every effort would be made to resolve the matter without going to court.

Nobody from Stanwell comprehensive was available for comment.

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