London schoolboy wins discrimination suit against school that ordered him to cut his dreads

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London schoolboy wins discrimination suit against school that ordered him to cut his dreads
Chikayzea Flanders was told he would have to cut off his dreadlocks or face suspension
Chikayzea Flanders was told he would have to cut off his dreadlocks or face suspension

(BBC) — A 12-year-old boy who was banned from a west London school because of his dreadlocks has been told he can return without having to cut his hair.

Former Fulham Boys School pupil Chikayzea Flanders was told he would have to cut off his dreadlocks or face suspension last year.

His mother, Tuesday Flanders, took the school to court, calling the demand an attack on her Rastafarian religion.

The family have now reached an agreement with Fulham Boys School.

Chikayzea, who has since moved to a new school, is welcome to return “provided that his dreadlocks are tied up so that they do not touch the top of his collar, or covered with a cloth of colour to be agreed by the school”.

Ms Flanders said: “As parents we place our trust in schools and teachers to help mould our children’s lives through education.

“But that should never place restrictions on their identity or their ability to express their religious beliefs.”

Fulham Boys School head teacher Alun Ebenezer said the school “had dealt with the complaint through our published complaints procedure”.

The school’s strict uniform and appearance policy “remains in place as it protects the distinctive ethos of the Fulham Boys School,” he added.

Mr Ebenezer said: “Nearly 20% of our boys come from private schools and rub shoulders with the 40% of boys from socially deprived backgrounds.

“Our uniform policy means you don’t know whose parents earn millions of pounds and who comes from an area with real social deprivation. It shows that only character matters and raises aspiration.”

A Governors’ Complaints Resolution Committee recommended that the school should review its uniform and appearance policy against applicable legislation.

David Isaac, chair at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who helped fund legal action against Fulham Boys School, said: “We are pleased that the school has acknowledged their failings in this instance and has agreed to revise its policies.”

The County Court ordered the school to pay Chikayzea and his mother a settlement and cover the litigation costs, following the agreement.

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  1. U should change ur name to uteram(meaning uterus).....obviously if they dissallowed the kid from attending the school because of policy of not knowing who's rich and who's poor is a clear attempt on assuming that he is falls in the social deprivation and should not mingle in this school.what did u think?they thought he came from millionaire parents.

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  2. So wearing dreadlocks means you come from an area with social deprivation....when will we as black ppl learn to love ourselves and not depend on white supremacy validation and then we schove those same behaviors on our less fortunate of our society.

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    • Such an ignorant statement. I suggest you read over the article. There is no where in the article that states, "wearing dreadlocks means you come from an area with social dépravation." people like you love to spread disinformation and propaganda. What's in the article alludes to protecting children who are under privilaged from
      Potential bullying by kids who are wealthy.

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