A mom became enraged after her 11-year-old son was kicked out of school in just 15 minutes for not wearing the correct uniform.
Hayley Dainton of Bristol has been ordered to pick up young Oliver from Hanham Woods Academy after the confusion.
The grade 7 student was barely an hour into the start of his very first day in high school when staff noticed that his black sweater was not the official school uniform, which is wearing the school badge.
They also noticed that he was wearing white sneakers, instead of the dark-colored smart shoes required by the school, BristolLive reports.
Mum Hayley insisted she ordered the correct uniform – but it hadn’t arrived yet.
The school operates a “house” system and students must wear an official school sweatshirt and white shirt and tie in the color of the house of which they belong.
‘WATCHED THE PART’
But Hayley said the only outlet selling the clothes is a school uniform store closed to customers since the coronavirus lockdown in March.
The store currently only takes online orders, but has a 10 day delay in delivery.
Hayley said: “Oliver was very smart, and I really tried to get him to watch the part.
“He had a shirt, he had a black sweatshirt and he was able to borrow his big sister’s tie because she isn’t back until next week.
She added, “It’s a real struggle for parents on a budget to be able to afford that expensive school uniform and shoes, and I saved as much as I could all summer.
“At the end of the day, when I went to buy Oliver’s uniform, I found that there was a ten day delivery time, and it didn’t come on time. ”
Hayley got the call to get her son home just fifteen minutes after she dropped him off – and criticized the school’s ‘disgusting’ expectations.
The angry mom of five continued, “I’m sick of the expectations of school.
My son hasn’t had a good start at all, and it’s all about a uniform
Furious mum Hayley Dainton
“Most schools have relaxed their uniform policy until the next term because they understand the difficulties parents have had with ordering uniforms due to the pandemic.
“My son hasn’t had a good start at all, and it’s all down to the uniform.
“He didn’t even see inside his classroom.”
Hanham Woods Academy principal Steve Kneller said the school supports parents who need help with school uniforms.
“We don’t care about being trolled because we’ve proven that size doesn’t matter.”
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He said: “In its most recent guidelines, the government clearly encouraged all schools to revert to their usual uniform policies in the fall.
“When families ask us for help with the uniform, of course we make sure we offer support, including providing the uniform to those who need it most.
“We look forward to welcoming all of our remaining students to the school next week – we are really excited to see them.”