Pupil at centre of ‘ponytail’ row

Eight year old Kieron Bartrop from South Kirkby. Told by Northfield Primary school to wear a bobble in his ponytail. Pictured with his father, Christopher.'h7162a149

Eight year old Kieron Bartrop from South Kirkby. Told by Northfield Primary school to wear a bobble in his ponytail. Pictured with his father, Christopher.'h7162a149

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ANGRY parents have taken their eight-year-old son out of school after he was ‘forced’ to tie his hair in a ponytail.

Christopher Bartrop and Sarah Hampton removed their son Kieron from Northfield Primary School last Wednesday.

They are furious, and claim a teacher tied Kieron’s hair backagainst his wishes.

Miss Hampton, 40, of Park Estate, South Kirkby, said she went into school on Wednesday to have a meeting with headteacher Liz Bradley, and was told it was necessary to prevent the spread of head lice.

She said: “There are girls with much longer hair who do not have their hair tied up, so I can’t understand their reasoning.

“There are also other boys with hair three times the length of Kieron’s but they are not forced to put theirs in a pony tail. I feel as though they are singling him out and think it is very unfair.”

The youngster said he did not want to wear his hair tied back as he thought it made him “look like a girl”, but that a teacher made him.

Mr Bartrop, 42, said he has since received a letter from the school - that was also sent to all pupils - stating long hair needs to be tied up due to health and safety.

He said: “I haven’t got the foggiest why it’s health and safety. I just feel they have used Kieron as a scapegoat. They are trying to make a point about it through him and it isn’t fair.

“We took him out of school because the headteacher could not assure me he would be left alone, and until teachers do not force him to do something he does not want to do, he will be staying at home.

“He has had his hair like this for years and has been at the school since last September so I don’t understand why they have all of a sudden to make it an issue for him.”

Mrs Bradley, headteacher at the school on Northfield Lane, South Kirkby, would not to comment but said the issue would be resolved with the chair of governors.