Principal sees red as student dyes his hair
Published 18/06/2010 | 05:00
A SECONDARY school principal who saw red ordered a Leaving Certificate student to sit his exams on his own after he had his hair dyed.
Patrick Kirby (17), from Bruff, Co Limerick, was told he could not complete his state exams with his fellow students at Ard Scoil Mhuire after finishing his first exams last Wednesday. The teenager's hairline has a pinkish/red streak which was dyed the week before the exams began.
"I came out the door after the first exam and Mr Clifford (the principal) was there waiting for me," Patrick said.
The student said he was brought to the principal's office where he claims he was ordered to shave his head before returning to school.
The following day, a supervisor was waiting for him and brought him to an empty classroom where he sat the subsequent exams in the company of only a supervisor. A spokesperson for Ard Scoil Mhuire said the issue was an internal school matter and that it had been dealt with within the school code of discipline. Patrick's mother, Veronica, said she was extremely upset following the incident.
"He didn't go around waving a gun or he wasn't on drugs or anything. He has a colour in his hair, that's about it," she said.