When school staff saw 15-year-old Jordan Waterfield, they were not pleased with his ‘extreme haircut.’ Because the young man was wearing braids in his hair, the school sent him to isolation and then called his mother. When 34-year-old Trisha Jukes answered the phone, she was shocked to hear that her son had been thrown into an isolated room as punishment.
The boy had been on vacation and gotten the braids while on break. But when he returned to his school at the RSA Academy in Tipton, West Midlands, the school staff were not pleased. They punished him and then sent him to isolation before determining that his black hairstyle was not appropriate. Jordan called his mother and sounded very upset when he asked her to come pick him up because the school did not like his hairstyle.
In response, his mother said: “Girls wear plaits, why can’t he?”
The mother of two now wants to fight back against her son’s school. Because he was kicked out of class because of his braids, she doesn’t think that is right. He only braided the top of his head and left the hair long along the sides of his head.
But Jordan was punished for his “extreme haircut.”
And when he called his mom nearly in tears, she knew that she had to protect him.
Jukes said: “I never imagined there’d be a problem with Jordan’s hair, girls go to school with plaits in, so why couldn’t my son.”
Jukes was shocked that her son was kicked out of school for his black style haircut.
“As soon as I found out that he was put in isolation I was shocked, his haircut wasn’t bothering anyone,” she added. “It’s a shame that he has missed out on a big chunk of education for the day just because of his hair. If other people in his school are allowed to have plaits in their hair, my son should be too. It isn’t an ‘extreme haircut’ in the slightest.”
After picking up her upset son, Jukes called the school. And she begged to speak to someone in authority. When she spoke to several staff members, they revoked their decision to suspend Jordan and invited him back the same day.
“Jordan has been going to that school for four years and nothing like this has ever happened with regards to his hair. His haircut wasn’t doing anything to affect his learning – but sending him home from school is. The braids were only tied together by small black elastic bands – and the rest of his uniform was immaculate. As soon as Jordan returned home last Wednesday at lunchtime, I spoke to the school and complained. After being passed from one member of staff to the next, I was told Jordan was allowed back into school a few hours later.”
Because he didn’t want to get scolded again, Jordan cut his hair. But to be a bit rebellious, he shaved two lines into his hair.
Do you think he should have been isolated because of his “extreme hairstyle?”