Mum furious after daughter, 15, 'sent to isolation for two days' over red hair

A MUM was left furious after her daughter was allegedly sent to isolation for two days over her red hair.

Sarah Burrows said her daughter Jodi, 15, was put in isolation at her school in Sheffield because of the colour of her dyed hair – despite attempting to tone it down twice.

She says her daughter, who has great grades and always has a positive attitude towards her education, is being penalised because of the way she looks.

And the furious mum believes the Ecclesfield School's reaction is particularly unfair because of the impact the Covid pandemic has already had on her schooling.

The 15-year-old, who is a natural brunette, dyed her hair purple for the holidays, but before starting in September she tried to tone it down to a "reddish" colour.

Bu then the school called mum Sarah and said that the "bright pink" hair was unacceptable – a description the mum strongly refutes.

Over the weekend, the mum and daughter then tried to get the colour out again, turning it into more of an "auburn" colour before Jodi went to school on Tuesday.

But teachers were still unhappy with the colour and sent the schoolgirl to isolation, according to Sarah.

Speaking to YorkshireLive, Sarah said: "I didn't know she was put in isolation until she came home. She had to stay inside all day as a punishment.

"I tried to call the school, but I didn't hear anything back. And she was put in isolation again on Wednesday.

"We do not penalise adults in working jobs for a hair colour change so why should this be affecting our children. We have gradually been returning her hair to the colour brown.

"The school have been wrongly isolating my child for the past few days claiming her hair is not of a satisfactory standard."


Sarah added: "My daughter is missing her education through absolutely no fault of her own other than wanting to express herself, which now she has removed the colour is still proving to be an issue for the school."

The disgruntled mum added that she doesn't understand why youngsters are "targeted" for expressing themselves through hair colour and makeup.

She added: I do not agree nor do I understand why schools target our children for simply wanting to express themselves through hair, make-up and ways of dress.

"None of this impacts our children’s learning, it is morally wrong for anyone, let alone children be made conscious of how they want to look."

Ecclesfield School has been contacted by the Sun Online for comment.

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