School bans cancer bracelets over uniform policy

Parents of children at a school in Rugby have told ITV Central that students wearing bracelets in support of a pupil with cancer are being punished.

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School calls police over student bracelet protest

A school in Rugby that has called police in deal with a student protest over a bracelet policy.

Students at Bilton School in Rugby were told they were not allowed to wear bracelets sold to raise money for a fellow pupil who is suffering from cancer.

The school has issued a statement today saying that a "strike" by students today was largely a "peaceful" event but the police were called in the interests of safety.

The school said: "There was a small minority of students whose actions can only be described as anti-social and potentially dangerous who used this as an opportunity to be disruptive. These students were putting pressure on others not to go back into classrooms and contacted the press. "

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Police called as students strike over banned cancer bracelets

Police were today called to Bilton School in Rugby after students held a 'strike' over the school's decision to ban pupils from wearing bracelets in support of a pupil with cancer.

"Team Joel" bracelets are being sold at the school and the funds are being raised for Teenage Cancer Trust. Year 11 pupil at the school, Joel Smith, is battling the illness.

We would just like to inform parents/carers that there has been a ‘strike’ by students on the school site today.

Although this was a largely peaceful event, we called the Police who supported us in evaluating the safety of staff and students, which is paramount to us.

– Bilton School statement

Bilton School say pupils will only be allowed to wear the bracelets on 11th April - a non-uniform day. The school say pupils agreed to this decision at the time it was made.

Banned cancer bracelets only allowed on non-uniform day

ITV News Central has been told by parents of children at a school in Rugby that students wearing bracelets in support of a pupil with cancer are being punished.

"Team Joel" bracelets are being sold at Bilton School in Rugby. The funds are being raised for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Year 11 pupil at the school, Joel Smith, is battling the illness.

Bilton School say pupils will only be allowed to wear the bracelets on 11th April - a non-uniform day.

Bilton School has made every effort to support one of our students through illness and the school is in regular contact with his family. Members of staff have visited him in hospital and we have made every effort possible to ensure he is included in the life of the school when he has been well enough to attend.

On 11th April the school agreed several weeks ago, to hold a non-uniform day in the students chosen colours of blue and white and all funds raised through this will go towards Cancer research charities selected by his family. Students will be allowed to wear special bracelets on this day.

The school is happy for students to buy the bracelets now to show their support, but we are not able to authorise the wearing of them in school except on the 11th April. The school has a very clear uniform code and to begin to make exceptions will leave students and parents/carers unsure as to what is or isn’t acceptable.

– Bilton School

School bans cancer bracelets over uniform policy

Controversial bracelets banned by school teachers Credit: ITV News Central

Parents of children at a school in Rugby have told ITV Central that students wearing bracelets in support of a pupil with cancer are being punished.

The "Team Joel" bracelets are being sold at Bilton School in Rugby to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Joel Smith, a year 11 pupil, is battling the illness.

The school say they are in regular contact with Joel's family and have supported him through his illness. They have told parents they are happy for students to wear the bracelets on a designated "non-uniform day" on 11th April but not on any other day.

One parent told ITV News Central it shows a lack of compassion.

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