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Desperate mother left in tears on This Morning after school threatens to suspend son for dreadlocks

Tuesday Flanders's son has been threatened with suspension due to his hairstyle

This Morning viewers were left furious after a west London school threatened to suspend a student with dreadlocks.

On Friday (September 15), Tuesday Flanders broke down in tears on television when speaking about how her son, Chikayzea, has been told he needs to cut his hair in order to adhere to his school's strict uniform and appearance policy.

The young boy's mother, who follows the Rastafarian faith, told This Morning's presenters the Fulham Boys School 's demand is religious discrimination and an attack on her culture.

Ms Flanders accused the Mund Street school of having a "stigma" against their religion and claimed the hairstyle is not a "fashion trend".

The 12-year-old student has been taught in isolation and faces the threat of suspension unless he cuts his hair.

However, his proud Rastafarian mother suggests Chickayzea's dreadlocks were "not an issue" and she had met the headmaster on several occasions without mention of any hairstyle concerns.

During her appearance on ITV on World Afro Day, Ms Flanders said: "I'm a strict mum. Before he even went to the school he spent an entire day in the school.

"Nothing was said to me, I sat down and downloaded the policy and nothing was said about dreadlocks"

Chikayzea Flanders in his Fulham Boys School uniform(Image: UGC TMS)

Chickayzea also revealed the trauma of being taken out of class as he settled in during his first week at secondary school.

He said: "I was in class and then my head of house came in and asked me if I can come out of class for a second and she told me that by Monday my hair has to be cut.

"I was upset and a bit worried because I really wanted to go to that school."

Chikayzea has been taught in isolation because of his dreadlocks, and faces suspension(Image: UGC TMS)

Fulham Boys School confirmed it is handling the case as a social issue, rather than a religious one.

In tears, Tuesday added: "I won’t be leaving him in that school. If they are isolating him now what is going to happen later on?

"My son is upset, he cries sometimes.

"At the end of the day I went to the school, I didn’t want this. I went to this gentleman and pleaded with him."

Chikayzea's mum Tuesday tied his dreadlocks up so it would not breach school policy(Image: UGC TMS)

The headmaster of Fulham Boys School , Alun Ebenezer, phoned into This Morning to speak about the situation.

He said: "Obviously like you I think Chickayzea should be in school.

"We do have a strict uniform policy which we make clear on our website and prospectus, at open days and evenings.

"To illustrate how strict we are, I draw attention to the hair. I invite parents to see me before parents decide to send their kids to this school."

This Morning viewers took to Twitter to condemn the school for threatening to suspend the 12-year-old.

One said: "It's ridiculous and impedes learning."

Another wrote: "His hair's lovely, why can a school dictate how children should have their hair, it's their own hair, it makes no difference to his learning."

"That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, I'm fuming," one user said.

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