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The Plymouth student sent home from school because he dyed his hair ginger

16-year-old Owen Taylor turned up at college with reddish pink hair rather than his natural blond. Photo: SWNS

A Plymouth student has been sent home from school because he dyed his hair ginger.

16-year-old Owen Taylor turned up at Ivybridge Community College with reddish pink hair rather than his natural blond. The school said it was too "extreme" and sent him home early.

Now his step-father Steve Casey has criticised the school's actions, claiming there is no rule in the sixth form student's planner that states it is against the rules to dye your hair.

What annoys me is that schools can send the kids home for the silliest of reasons but if we were to keep him off we would get a penalty notice. I think it's wrong that they can just kick the kid out of school just for the colour of his hair.

Surely it's more important that he should be getting an education.

– Steve Casey, Owen's step-father

He added that the family is even looking into whether they should send Owen to another college.

Ivybridge Community College staff say the student can return as soon as his appearance meets requirements. Credit: ITV News


The school has said the year 12 student can come back when his hair "meets the published requirements".

In a statement deputy principal Gill Taylor said: "Many schools adopt different approaches to school uniform.

"Given the breadth of the current educational landscape, this is a benefit to parents in enabling them to choose a school that they believe meets their values and offers the style of education they deem most appropriate for their children.

The student has neither been suspended or excluded but asked to attend school when their uniform, including hairstyle, meets the published requirements.

This can easily be resolved.

– Gill Taylor, Ivybridge Community College

"This can easily be resolved."

"The college approach remains the same and has been followed in a predictable fashion in line with procedure."