School clampdown on ear cartilage piercing
A principal has hit back at claims that his school has been heavy-handed in the way it has dealt with a student who had a piercing in her ear cartilage.
A father of a student at Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, raised concerns in relation to the secondary school’s response to his daughter’s piercing.
He claims that his daughter was told to remove the piece of jewellery – which consists of a bar with a stud on the end – from her upper ear or else face suspension.
“One of the teachers said that if she didn’t take it out she would be suspended,” said the father.
“They have come to a compromise. They have got these plastic sleeves, I believe that’s what they are called, to put into the ear instead of the metal stud. You can still see them, so what’s the point?” he said.
An ear cartilage piercing has become increasingly popular among young people – with many getting the area pierced multiple times. The trend has been set by celebrities including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Miley Cyrus.
The principal of Colaiste Iosaef, Sean Twomey, said the school rules stated clearly what students were allowed in terms of piercings.
“Female students only may wear earrings – these should be discreet stud earrings, a maximum of one in each earlobe. Hooped or large earrings are not permitted,” he said, referring to the rule book.
Male students are prohibited from having any piercing.
Mr Twomey said he had had “no complaints” regarding the rules in relation to piercings before.