Pupils punished for act of kindness

Three boys who were put in isolation at school for shaving their heads to raise money for their friend who has cancer.
Three boys who were put in isolation at school for shaving their heads to raise money for their friend who has cancer.

Three students who shaved their heads in a show of support for their friend who has cancer were put into detention for several hours.

The teenagers, who attend Parker E-Act Academy, were taken out of lessons and assembly on Friday (March 22) and admonished because of their appearance.

But Brogan Kent 14, Dylan Barrett 13, and a third boy who does not wish to be named, say they were just trying to show support and raise money for their friend, Jordan Mistry, 15, who had been diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago.

Brogan said: “As soon as I walked into assembly I got removed because of my hair.

“I’d asked permission before and was told as long as I cut it outside of school time, and left a little bit of hair it was OK. But I was told by a teacher that I didn’t have permission and was sent to student support. It was only when we got to see Mrs Butwilowska the headteacher that we got it sorted out at about 1pm.

“The three of us actually raised £800 by doing this. I felt really confused and frustrated by it all, because we thought we’d got all the permissions.”

Dylan said: “I went into lessons and was given a slip telling me I had to go to student support because of my hair.

“We just sat there for hours because there was nothing for us to do.”

Trish Mistry, Jordan’s mother, said: “We heard that some of Jordan’s friends were planning on shaving their heads. I was disgusted when I heard they’d been taken out of lessons for it.”

Vice principal Steve Gordon said: “Both students and staff are saddened by the news that one of the students from the academy has been diagnosed with cancer.

“We are organising a co-ordinated approach to support the student and his family.

“The students were withdrawn from lessons and put into student support and asked why they had shaved their heads and at that point we discovered the reason. They were then invited to meet with the principal and vice principal to be congratulated.”

The school has set up a working group to co-ordinate fundraising and is planning special assemblies and a mufti day.