- Parent accuses school of racism after his son was reprimanded over haircut
- The young boy was issued with warning letter to go and fix his hairstyle
- The school argued the boy’s haircut went against their code of conduct
A furious Cape Town father stormed school and demanded to know what was wrong with his son’s haircut after the institution issued the youngster with a peppered warning letter to fix his hair or face the music.
Mr Ngqiqo Mahlutshana was seriously upset when Wynberg Boys Junior School reprimanded his seven-year-old grade one son, Lebone Ramedupe, because of his hairstyle.
“The boy’s haircut does not comply with our school’s code of conduct, and therefore until he gets it fixed, he will not be permitted to go to the playground,” the letter read in part.
Mr Mahlutshana described the warning letter as bullying and racially insensitive. Also, the pupil wanted to keep his hair and told his father to fight for him.
The furious dad then reportedly went to the head teacher’s officer to have a serious conversation over the matter.
Sources privy to the impromptu private sit-down say it was two hours of heated exchange, as the parent accused the institution of discriminating against his son and bullying him.
Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department confirmed that the stormy meeting indeed took placed. The Department intervened after Mr Mahlutshana took up the issue with the institution’s governing body.
The school has reportedly accepted that their warning letter may have been ‘pre-emptive’ since they had not furnished the distraught parent with the institution’s code of conduct.
For now though, the pupil can continue pursuing knowledge.
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