A 15-year-old has slammed his school as ‘sexist‘ after he was told he couldn’t sit his exams – unless he chopped off his ‘MAN BUN’ haircut.
Levi Gilham has his hair tied back with a hairband – like style icons footballer Gareth Bale and Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.
But now, the teenager, from Cheriton, Kent, has been told that his “different” hairstyle would need to be tamed – or he will not be able to sit his GCSEs.
Levi, an aspiring chef and student at Brockhill Park in Hythe Kent, said: “I’ve been growing it for the past eight months and have had it up for two weeks.
“My headteacher, Sonette Schwartz, saw it a week ago or so and she didn’t say anything.
“Before my exam on Monday, I was walking to my form room and the head stopped me.
“She said she didn’t like what was going on with my hair, but she did not say to take it out.
“When I went into my form room, the deputy head, Mr Joseph, came up and said I was now allowed to do my exam because I hadn’t taken my hairband out.
“Another member of staff took me to the headteacher and said I could have it in for the day or to get it cut. No-one had asked me to take it out before Monday.”
Levi’s mum, 32-year-old Tara, reckons her son’s hairstyle does not breach any school rules – and even claims a teacher at the school wears a hairband.
She added: “It’s because he’s a boy. It’s sexist. She has got no reason to stop him from wearing it.
“There is nothing in the school’s documents which says he can’t wear a hairband.
“To impact on his education in this way over his hair is ridiculous.”
Brockhill Park have been approached for comment.