A pupil was sent home from school after he got a haircut in the style of his hero, Brazilian footballer Ronaldo.
To celebrate the World Cup, Alfie Ransom asked his mum to shave his head to look like Ronaldo Nazario’ s did during the 2002 World Cup, which Brazil won.
The 12-year-old, who lives in Hull, had been considering the new hair style for weeks and when England won their first game on Monday, he decided to go ahead with it.
However, Alfie’s retro style did not impress his teachers at Sirius West Academy, Hull Live reports.
His mum Emma Shaw said she received a call on Wednesday morning to say that Alfie was being sent home for breaching school rules.
The 32-year-old mum questioned the secondary school on how his haircut would affect his learning, especially as it wasn’t too impractical.
However, she claims the school insisted that it violated uniform rules and he wouldn’t be allowed to come back until it was fully shaved off.
Emma said: “Nowadays, schools are all about accepting people for who they are and encouraging people to be unique and themselves. How is this any different?
“Ronaldo is one of my son’s favourite players and it’s the World Cup. Even since I was a kid, there were always trends according to what pop stars and celebrities were doing – we would go crazy for the stars.
“Alfie’s friends loved the haircut and it made Alfie really happy and confident. He likes school and wanted to go as normal but he won’t be allowed to go back until he’s shaved it all off, which is ridiculous because it won’t affect his learning one bit.”
The mum is in two minds about what to do next because although she understands there are certain rules, shaving a child’s head completely feels cruel.
She continued: “I just know that shaving his head will make him feel sad.
“He’s confident with how he looks now and I don’t want to force him to have his head shaved. However, it is important for him to be in school and if they won’t let him back until it’s shaved, I don’t know what to do.”
Secondary schools have become notoriously strict on uniform in the past few years. Makeup, nail polish and haircuts have all come under scrutiny as schools push for a “natural” and “appropriate” look.
Sirius West Academy’s uniform policy states: “Hairstyles must be appropriate for Academy life. There should be no extreme hairstyles such as a Mohican, shaved ‘tram’ lines or unnatural hair colour.”
Last month Ronaldo revealed that his infamous haircut was actually a tactical plan to take the pressure off him.