Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Redcar Academy has not excluded 'small number' of protesting pupils over charity head-shave row

Boy, 15, has been arrested for an alleged public order offence and will appear in court :: Academy will now discuss standards of behavior with pupils.

Redcar Academy, where school children were protesting
Redcar Academy, where school children were protesting
Redcar Academy has said pupils involved in today's charity head-shave protest 'have not been excluded'.
A statement put on the school's website also insists that 'at no point' was was pupil Mia Flood excluded from Redcar Academy or prevented from continuing her education in school.

But Cleveland Police have confirmed that a boy, 15, has been charged with one public order offence in connection with an incident at the school earlier today.
He is due to appear at Teesside Youth Court on February 3.

It comes after pupils demonstrated over reports in some local media and on social networking sites that Mia was today being banned from the classroom for defying the school’s policy against extreme hairstyles.
The 14-year-old shaved her head on Saturday during a  fundraising day in Georgina Anderson's memory .

She intended to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for young cancer patients.

From the road outside the school today, pupils could be seen protesting inside the school - although the Gazette has taken the decision not to publish pictures or video of their demonstration.

The latest statement from the academy reads: "The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team would like to thank all of the parents who have supported the academy today.

"98% of our students listened to a statement read out by Mrs Parker and Mrs Flood and accepted that misinformation had been put out by local media.

"Regrettably, a small number of students continued to protest, however many of the parents of these students have been very supportive.
"This small number of students have not been excluded from Redcar Academy.
"During the next few days staff at The Academy will discuss with all students the ongoing focus we have on high standards of behaviour and attitude to learning.

"The statement released by Mrs Flood (Mia's mother) and (headteacher) Mrs Parker is on our website and confirms that at no point was the student excluded from Redcar Academy or prevented from continuing her education in school."

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