Expelled From School for Dreadlocks

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A Mildura school student is facing the prospect of moving schools because of his haircut.

The 14 St. Josephs student has told the Sunraysia Daily that if he turns up to school to day with his dreadlocks he faces expulsion.

But the Year 9 student, whose father is Nigerian, has no intention of cutting the hairstyle which he has maintained to connect with his cultural heritage.

He first braided his hair the year to keep his curly hair more manageable.

He initially got the nod from the heads of house the principal has since banned him from wearing his dreads at school… he was suspended last week.

The principal says the college’s “zero-tolerance policy” on uniform breaches reflected the expectations of both parents and students.

The school’s policy forbids “extreme styles” including undercuts, dreadlocks and rat-tails.

Caleb’s classmates have been circulating petitions over the matter.

THE Victorian Education Department says the school must comply with anti-discrimination laws.

“Non-government schools such as St Joseph’s College are free to determine their own standards of dress and appearance as long as they comply with anti-discrimination legislation,” a department spokesman has said.

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