A pupil who was banned from school over her leopard print hairstyle has been sent home yet again after she turned up wearing a bandana.
Teenager Lauren McDowell was originally thrown out of her class because of her extreme hairdo, a decision that her mum declared a breach of her human rights.
But covering her hair with the headscarf has not sorted the problem out and the Year 8 pupil has been shown the door for a second time.
Now the 13-year-old’s defiant mum, Yvonne, has taken Lauren out of Forge Valley School in Sheffield for good, claiming her daughter is a victim of discrimination.
She fumed: “She will never be going back to that school.
“I compromised and put her in a bandana, which was quite wide and covered the leopard print, and she was sent home from school because it is still under the hairband.
"People are saying that it isn’t a breach of her human rights, but it is.
“She has a legal right to an education no matter what she looks like.
"She is being discriminated against because of what she looks like and it is a breach of her human rights.”
The school is not backing down, however, and stated that Lauren’s hairstyle is a clear breach of school uniform policy.
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough explained: "This policy is communicated to parents frequently and is available to download from our website.
“The policy clearly states that extreme haircuts, including hair colour, are not allowed.”
Yvonne claims she wasn’t aware of such a policy and her daughter’s hairstyle was a way to express herself after being bullied.
She added that Lauren’s previous school in Scotland had no such policy on hairstyles.