Schoolboy put in isolation and told to chop off his mullet
Schoolboy, 15, is put in isolation and told to chop off his mullet because the hairdo is ‘too extreme’
- Toby Quinn, 15, was put in isolation for a full day because he had a mullet
- The Sunderland schoolboy had previously been punished for having short hair
A 15-year-old boy was put in isolation for a full day and told to shop off his mullet because the hairdo is ‘too extreme’, his mother says.
Toby Quinn was separated from his classmates and put in isolation after his teachers told him his Aussie-style trim was ‘unacceptable and unprofessional’.
St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, in Sunderland, gave the teenage boy a week to chop it off.
He was previously punished and isolated for having his hair too short, and was left fuming when he was more recently told his haircut was now too long.
The school extended the deadline when his mother said he was growing it for charity, but now he’s been forced to cut it short.
Toby Quinn was separated from his classmates and put in isolation after his teachers told him his Aussie-style trim was ‘unacceptable and unprofessional’
The school extended the deadline when his mother said he was growing it for charity
Toby’s mother Naomi, 47, said the school considered her son’s new haircut as extreme
Toby’s mother Naomi, 47, said the school considered her son’s new haircut extreme after recently changing their haircut policy.
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The mother-of-two said: ‘His teachers said they’d changed the haircut policy and it had to go.
‘They said that it wasn’t professional and he wasn’t allowed to have it and was told to cut it off.
‘I don’t know why a 15-year-old needs to be considered professional. The general gist was that it was considered extreme.
‘He did get isolated for having it, he got separated from the school community and he was there for the rest of the day.
‘He’s been in isolation previously for having his hair too short. They didn’t allow skin fades.
‘Strangely they relaxed that haircut rule and they were allowed to have skin fades. He was the only boy with a mullet in school and they didn’t like it.
‘Staff told me he had to have his mullet cut off. I was told in a meeting it had to be cut off.
‘That was about four weeks ago, they’d given him seven days to get rid of the hair.’
St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, in Sunderland, gave the 15-year-old a week to chop it off
On Tuesday, Toby had his mullet cut off for Newcastle Hospitals Charity to support a ward which saved his grandad’s life last year
The teenager has managed to rake in over £340 in donations so far after setting up a JustGiving page three weeks ago to raise money for the ward
The teenager, from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, was initially given a week to chop off his locks but teachers extended the deadline when he revealed his plans to raise money for charity.
And on Tuesday, Toby had his mullet cut off for Newcastle Hospitals Charity to support a ward which saved his grandad’s life last year.
The teenager has managed to rake in over £340 in donations so far after setting up a JustGiving page three weeks ago.
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His mother, who is a hairdresser, said: ‘We told them he’s decided to raise money and they said he could have a couple of weeks.
‘He wasn’t happy at all though to lose the mullet, he said he was fuming. But he’s come to terms with it, he’s had a few weeks to digest it.
‘He thought it would be good to get something positive out of a pretty rubbish situation.
‘I suggested it would be good to raise money for the unit that saved his grandad last year.
‘We started three weeks ago. His target was £200, but he raised over £340 now.
‘But he’s a typical teenager so he’s pretty chilled about it all.’
The 15-year-old said: ‘I was fuming when my mam told me the school said my mullet had to go.
‘But then I thought about doing the fundraiser and making a bit of money for charity and I felt better about it.
‘My mam said about the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle because they saved my granddad last year and maybe I could help other people who have had heart attacks too.’
Several schools in Australia have banned the hairstyle – which rose to prominence in the 70s and 80s – as it’s recently come back in style.
But it is believed to be the first time a British school has clamped down on the mullet in recent years after it began coming back into fashion here.
Once made famous by the likes of Jason Donavan, Rod Stewart and Andre Agassi, modern celebs like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have all sported the haircut.
MailOnline has approached St Aidan’s Catholic Academy for comment.
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