Simply no red: talented teen musician banned from school – for being ginger
A talented teenage musician has been banned from school – for being GINGER.
Emily Reay has been barred from class just two months before her A-level exams until she dyes her trademark hair a more “natural colour”.
The pretty 17-year-old has sported the same vibrant locks for the last three years, but on her return to Trinity School in Carlisle, Cumbria, after Easter, the school decided the colour was inappropriate.
Devastated Emily, who is naturally auburn, has now been told she cannot return to lessons until she changes her appearance.
The talented musician said: “When they told me I just burst into tears – I was so angry.
“I’ve had the same colour for the past three years, and nobody at school has commented on it.
“Everyone knows me as that ‘young ginger singer’.
“For me it is all about confidence.
“If I had to dye my hair brown, I would lose that.”
Emily was informed of the action being taken after the assembly on Monday April 13 and claims she was told it would need to be changed by next Monday.
Emily said: “I had to dye my hair to a more natural colour, or tone it down considerably.
“I offered to pin it up, or wear a beanie hat, but I was told no to both.
“I was told it had been a bone of contention since the beginning of the school year, but they had let it slip up until now.
“The laughable thing is my hair was brighter than this on prom night, and I won best hairstyle award.”
Her parents Julie and Andy went to the school to discuss the matter with sixth-form headteacher Andrew Winter.
Julie, 44, said: “The school’s uniform policy clearly states no unnatural hair colours, like blue or green.
“Is ginger not a natural hair colour?
“They had Emily in tears.
“They don’t realise what her hair means to her.
“Her hair might naturally be auburn, but she’s had this colour for so long now it is part of her.
“It’s like living in the Victorian times.
“I would say her education is more important.”
Determined not to miss out on important lessons, a defiant Emily says she will return to school with her hair pinned up.
Shen said: “I have to hope nothing is said.
“It is too damaging at this stage of my education.”
Sixth-form head Mr Winter issued the following statement: “Trinity School sixth-form students are role models for the rest of the school.
“We have a policy of maintaining high standards. All sixth form students are issued with information about what is acceptable or unacceptable at the start of the academic year.
“The vast majority of parents are very keen on our high standards.”