Daft dad who spent £140 on daughter’s dreadlocks blasts school after she’s banned from class – claiming exclusion is ‘racist’
Chenise Benson, 13, was sent home over school’s uniform policy – but her dad blasted their double standards as her friend with Jamaican heritage has the same do
DAFT dad Darren Benson is demanding his daughter’s school backs down after teachers sent her home because of her 3ft white braids.
Chenise, 14, saved her pocket money to pay £140 for the “dreads” after seeing snaps of Beyonce with the style.
Benson was sent home for breaking the uniform rules.
But she rang home in tears when she was turned away from the school gates.
Shop assistant Darren, 39, said: “I think she looks great. Part of me agrees it is over the top but kids are going to get it done whatever, aren’t they? I agree with a no make-up rule but hair is different.”
Darren, of Scarborough, North Yorks, even suggested the George Pindar School was racist as Chenise has a black pal allowed in with a similar look.
He added: “Education is important so she’ll have to get it all taken out if the school don’t back down. It’s just not worth the hassle.”
Chenise spent five hours getting the box-braids ahead of sister Billie-Ann’s 16th birthday. She said: “I wasn’t bothered what other people thought but it was the teachers who upset me.
Chenise Benson 14 with her new dreadlocks and her father Darren
“Why would they pick me out like that? All because I want to be different.”
Her mother Lindsay Callum, 38, admitted: “A few mums said we would have problems at school when we posted a picture on Facebook but we didn’t think it would be this bad.”
The school’s uniform policy states ‘we do not allow extreme, unnatural hairstyles or colouring’
Chenise got the hairdo for her sisters birthday during school break, but when she went back to class she was sent home
Darren said ‘it cost £140 and will stay in her hair for a year so it won’t be coming out’
Chenise’s dad said she would not be returning to her previous look any time soon
Dad Darren said George Pindar School had double standards because a pupil of Jamaican descent was allowed in class with dreadlocks
The school said it was unable to look into the matter during half term.
The school was unable to comment as it is now half term. But a policy document on the school’s website states: “Please note we do not allow extreme, unnatural hairstyles or colouring. Any hair accessories should be of a practical nature and should not be decorative.
“If you are in doubt please contact your child’s tutor at the school. Hair should be no shorter than a Grade 3 cut.”
The policy continued: “Please be aware that what is and is not acceptable will be decided by the school in line with this policy and the school’s decision is final.
“Please note that in sending your child to George Pindar School that you are agreeing to ensure your child abides by this policy.
“If you have any queries or questions regarding any aspect of uniform, jewellery, hairstyle, please could you contact the school.”
A spokesman for George Pindar School said: “It is the first time I have heard about the matter and obviously, with it being half-term, there is no way I can get the full background details about the matter.”