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.
– Bilton School
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.