School threatens to suspend son if he doesn't cut dreads 

A mother who follows the Rastafarian faith has vowed to fight a school which wants her to cut her child's dreadlocks.

Tuesday Flanders says the demand by Fulham Boys School, London, to cut 12-year-old Chikayzea's hair is religious discrimination and an attack on her culture, and she vowed to fight it.

The school says it has a strict uniform and appearance policy, and is handling this case as a social issue rather than a religious one.

A mother who follows the Rastafarian faith has vowed to fight a school which wants her to cut her child's dreadlocks (pictured) 

A mother who follows the Rastafarian faith has vowed to fight a school which wants her to cut her child's dreadlocks (pictured) 

As a result, Chikayzea was taught in isolation this Monday and faces the prospect of suspension from the Mund Street school.

Mrs Flanders says she tied her son's hair up so that it did not breach policy on length, but received a call on his first day at school saying that it must be cut.

She said: 'He has dreadlocked hair because he is a Rastafarian. His hair does come down below his shoulder which is why I tied it up on his first day at school.

'They can't expect me to cut my son's hair. It's our faith, it's our religion, our culture.'

She hoped a meeting with headteacher Alun Ebenezer would iron out the problem, but said: 'I explained that it's our religion and culture and it's not for us, it's not something we take lightly.

'But I was told at the end of the day they have a policy of no dreadlocks at the school.'

Tuesday Flanders says the demand by Fulham Boys School, London, to cut 12-year-old Chikayzea's (pictured) hair is religious discrimination and an attack on her culture, and she vowed to fight it

Tuesday Flanders says the demand by Fulham Boys School, London, to cut 12-year-old Chikayzea's (pictured) hair is religious discrimination and an attack on her culture, and she vowed to fight it

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