On the naughty step - Conduct that deserves a ticking off

28th September 2012 at 01:00

This week: rule-breakers' parents

If you fancy a giggle, do visit the website Angry People in Local Newspapers (apiln.blogspot.com). It is, as the title suggests, a series of photographs from local papers of people who have been asked to pose looking angry, normally for a spectacularly trivial reason.

One sub-genre of this group should be "Parents and children who are angry at a school for daring to follow its clearly defined rules". A case in point is Tracey Burke and her daughter Fern, who posed looking grumpy for the Manchester Evening News this week. They were angry because 14-year-old Fern had dyed her hair bright red and her school had told her she could not attend until she dyed it back to a natural colour - as per the school's rules.

Rather than apologising to teachers at Middleton Technology School and hurrying to Boots for some Nice 'n Easy, the Burkes instead grumbled to the local papers.

Sadly, we have seen many similar cases of parents complaining when their child has not been allowed to attend school because of their new piercings, mohawk or the "SATAN" tattoo on their forehead.

What makes this case slightly different, however, is that Tracey Burke works as a teaching assistant in a primary school and therefore should know better. To the naughty step with you.

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