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Mum blasts school for ‘unfairly punishing’ daughter, 11, over nose stud

A mum has spoken out after her eleven-year-old daughter was punished by her school for wearing a nose stud.

Karen Lunn told our sister site LeicestershireLive she allowed her daughter Macie to get a nose stud for her 11th birthday during a family trip to Skegness last month.

She said Macie had pleaded for permission to get the piercing, and she had relented – unaware of the policy in place at the secondary school, Macie was just about to start.

Read more: Mum says her daughter, 11, is being unfairly punished by the school because of a ‘tiny’ nose stud.

A teacher at New College in Leicester spotted Macie’s piercing, and she was sent to sit in what the school calls a ‘reflection class.’

Ms Lunn told LeicestershireLive, “She is being made to sit in a separate class – called a reflection class- where she doesn’t get to do the normal work. She just gets to read for a few hours.

Jane Brown, the school’s principal, said: “We have a very well established uniform policy, and this is communicated clearly with all parents and prospective parents.

“There is no current intention to change this policy or to reduce our high expectations.”

According to the school uniform policy, which is made available to parents and prospective parents, New College allows studded ear-piercings, Ms Lunn said.

She believes her daughter’s nose stud is “no different”.

She added: “She wears all the correct uniform and has all the right equipment – she has always been described as a willing and caring person.

“She has never had any problems.”

Macie”s mum says her daughter is being unfairly punished

Ms Lunn said that the school has said that if Macie removed the piercing, she would be allowed to return to normal classes and that overall, Macie was a good well behaved student.

However, Ms Lunn is unwilling to remove the piercing as her daughter’s nose is still healing and could become infected.

She also claimed Macie has since returned home from school in distress because she is unable to attend classes with her friends. Macie has also told her mum that older pupils do not adhere to the uniform policy.

Ms Lunn added: “It seems like the older children can get away with what they want, but they think they need to come down hard on the younger ones. They should be setting an example if they want to set such a high standard.”

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