A teenager has been excluded from school after getting a small transparent earring – that her dad says stops her agonising migraines.
Bobbiemay Smith, 14, was sent home after teachers spotted the stud in a part of her ear called the tragus and told she can’t go back to regular classes until it’s taken out.
Her furious dad Geoff Smith, 49, claims the earring is essential and Bobbiemay hasn’t had a migraine since getting the piercing five weeks ago.
Alternative medicine proponents argue some ear piercings stimulate nerves under the skin and muscle tissues, thereby producing pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins.
Geoff says the piece of jewellery is not a fashion statement and that he bought the smallest, most inconspicuous stud he could to avoid it being an issue at school.
Officials at Cockburn John Charles Academy in Leeds, West Yorks., where Bobbiemay is a student, have been contacted for comment.
Geoff, who works as a roofer, said: “What the school are saying is absolutely ridiculous.
“It’s awful for a school to deprive a child of their education for something so minor.
“We tried everything to stop Bobbiemay’s migraines – she can be in agonising pain for a week at a time with them.
“But she hasn’t had one since getting the piercing five weeks ago. The piercing is working, it’s not coming out.”
He added: “Bobbiemay was doing really well at that school so that’s where I want her go go back to.
“She’s missed a lot of school now and it’s not fair. She’s an intelligent child and they have had no other issues with her until now.
“I’m going to protest their decision.”
Geoff claims he was told by a teacher that the piercing is “inappropriate”.
They said Bobbiemay could go back to school with the piercing in but she would be confined to isolation away from other students, according to Geoff.
He added he has asked teachers for work so Bobbiemay can study at home but was told that’s not allowed.
Cockburn John Charles Academy officials have released a statement saying Bobbiemay Smith can return to school if her earring is taken out.
A spokesman said: “We would like to make it clear Bobbiemay Smith has not been excluded from the academy.
“She is welcome back at any time, as long as the earring is removed. Students and parents are aware of our clear uniform policy which is applied consistently.
“In this particular case, medical evidence or a doctor’s note has not been provided to suggest exceptional circumstances.
“At all times, our focus is on Bobbiemay’s welfare and best interests and we hope to see her return to the academy as soon as possible.”