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Camborne boy banned from class after shaving VW sign into his hair

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

  • 11-year-old Zac Eccleston from Roskear with his mum Charlotte, Zac has been removed from Camborne Science and International Academy because he has had the Volkswagen logo shaved on the back of his head.

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A HAIRDRESSER removed her son from school at Camborne after he was banned from classes because she had a ‘VW’ shaved into his hair.

But Camborne Science and International Academy has stuck by its decision to place Zac Eccleston, 11, in isolation until the logo on the back of his head was removed.

His mother, Charlotte, 28, believed it was not fair to punish her son this way and removed him from school.

She said she did so as a matter of principle, and that Zac would become “very anxious” in isolation.

The school said parents were aware of the “high standards of uniform” it expected and “local people support the stance” on it.

While in isolation Zac would have access to his usual school work but would study alone.

Ms Eccleston said: “It is absolutely ridiculous, I am so angry. Zac is a good kid who has been punished unfairly. It’s not right that he has to sit in a room by himself because of a haircut.

“The children, in the pouring rain, are asked to remove their coats outside of the school before they enter. It’s all too much.

“We had the Volkswagen logo done at a specialist in Wales.”

Mark Fenton, deputy vice-principal at the school, said: “Camborne Science and International Academy has a smart uniform and it has had a positive impact on pupils.

“Parents and students are aware of the high standards and there are no exceptions.

“We believe uniform is a factor as to why we are a school of choice for our parents.

“We want to work with parents wherever possible.

“The decision to remove Zac from school was not ours. The standards of uniform is fully supported within the local community.”

Mr Fenton confirmed that Zac would be allowed to return to the classroom once the logo had been removed.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 20 2014, 7:53AM

    The irresponsible parents should be fined for helping their son look like a complete chav, as if there isn't enough already in Camborne. It's complete stupidity allowing this boy to have this done, it teaches him that he is above any laws and he can to do what he wants. There's a growing sector of 'chav' families, believing they can do what they like and never be accountable for their actions.

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  • Spankmymonkey  |  January 20 2014, 7:18AM

    Well said lorrainesharp, I totally agree. It's all to do with the selfish mother who has thrown her toys out if the pram as she can't get her own way. Hopefully the school will fine her for an unauthorised absence of her son, as they have given him the opportunity to stay in school but she sees fit to take him out. She need a clip round the ear for being a moron!

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  • lorrainesharp  |  January 19 2014, 1:08AM

    If she was that bothered about her child being in isolation she should have had the logo removed and let him go back to class. This isn't about the child it's about a spoilt adult kicking up a fuss because she can't have her own way. Which in turn is teaching her son that if you don't like something you vote with your feet instead of work with the people around you. I agree with Uniform rules, they are there to teach kids how to fit in, how to be a part of something that they represent and to represent that something well. Its about looking smart, having respect for yourself and being respected by others. This kid needs to be taught the reasons behind rules, not encouraged to break them. How disruptive will it be to his life to change school, loose his mates, start again. Did she care about that when she took him out of school? Doubt it some how. She's selfish, this is about her.

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  • martian1956  |  January 18 2014, 7:30PM

    The mother removed the child from school and the child was not banned as lullylew states. I would remove the child from school and involve child protection services if the mother allowed a minor to get a nose ring. The ear ring should be investigated by protection services as it looks like the child is being bullied into being what the mother wants.

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  • KernowJ1000  |  January 18 2014, 1:24PM

    It's a shame that the schools are more interested in their image rather than the education of their student, and isolation for this smacks more of a concentration camp than a school - Was the hair cut THAT disruptive? Were children crying when they saw it? Did teachers faint when they realised how inflammatory a VW symbol cut into a child's hair could be? Should the local people who supported it have considered flogging instead? At what point did society become so backward that this was considered a terrible thing!

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  • lullylew  |  January 17 2014, 2:50PM

    I totally disagree all 3 of you. Sir Ken Robinson recently touched upon something "Do schools kill creativity?" Yeah this guy looks stupid, but to ban someone for it is just incredibly petty and makes who ever made the decision even more childish than the dude that's cut a VW symbol into his hair. So what? What does it really matter? Are we really that petty as a culture that people can't show uniqueness? Even if it is tacky and cheap like this? It will teach the guy a lesson. We really need to sort out our mentality on things like this. It's pathetic, what's next? Expulsion for wearing a nose ring? Sad, really sad.

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  • gort2000  |  January 17 2014, 12:41PM

    The kid needs to concentrate more on exercise and losing weight instead of stupid haircuts. Mum included!

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  • digger1957  |  January 16 2014, 10:20PM

    the uniform is blazer, trousers, shirt, tie, and black shoes the hair is not part of the uniform but must be smart the logo will grow out

  • Spankmymonkey  |  January 16 2014, 7:20PM

    Totally agree with the school on this one. As for 'We had the Volkswagen logo done at a specialist in Wales" I'd go back and ask for a refund!

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