A Bristol parent claims a school “puts children’s bodies to shame” after her daughter was sent home for wearing the wrong pants.
Tom Brewer says his daughter, who attends Blaise High School in Henbury, is uncomfortable wearing the pants as per school uniform policy and instead wears black stretch fabric stockings.
She is one of a handful of students who were reportedly kicked out of school this week for breaking the uniform code, who picketed outside the school gates on Wednesday September 29 with signs stating “Not everyone is the same!” “” And “Are you stopping my studies for pants?”
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Blaise High School all students should “report in accordance with school policies” and encourage parents to speak with the school if there is a problem.
Mr Brewer claimed his daughter was “forced to sit on a bench” before she was finally kicked out of school on Wednesday.
He said that after his daughter was suspended, they came home to “make banners” and picket at the entrance to the school.
Mr Brewer said he was invited to the school to chat with teachers who were trying to find suitable pants that “still didn’t fit”.
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“Why should my child be taken out of classes and supervised learning because as parents we can’t find pants that meet their criteria?” ” he said.
“I tried everywhere to find suitable pants.”
He added: “I told the school that I won’t buy any more pants and if they want to send her home tomorrow because I will take her in the same pants that are theirs.
“I think school shames children.”
Blaise High School is part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
Will Smith, CEO of the Trust, said: “Our expectation is that all students show up in accordance with school policies and Blaise High School provides support to parents to ensure all students wear the correct uniform.
“If any students or parents have questions about our uniform and behavior policies, they should contact the school directly.”
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