Tuesday 16 January 2018

Schoolboy takes ban on 'cornrow' hair to courts

John Aston in London

Rasta locks would be acceptable at a school with a strict policy on pupils' hairstyles, but cornrow braids are out, Britain's High Court was told yesterday.

In a case that could affect many schools, a judge is being asked to decide whether or not the "no to cornrows" rule at St Gregory's Catholic Science College in north London is lawful.

Yesterday Mr Justice Collins reserved judgment and said he would consider his decision.

An application for judicial review was made by a boy who was refused entry to St Gregory's as an 11-year-old in 2009 because he wears cornrows, a popular African-Caribbean style.

The court heard that he was left in tears by the rejection, and six or seven other boys were also sent home for the same reason.

A statement from G's mother said the braids were "of great importance to his cultural and racial identity". The judge is expected to give his ruling within the next few weeks.

Irish Independent

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