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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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.

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