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Dreadlock school row: Rastafarian mum considers new school for son

Tuesday Flanders says its not right that 12-year-old Chikayzea is taught in isolation because she refuses to cut his hair

The Rastafarian mum caught up in a row with her son’s school after refusing to cut his dreadlocks says she will consider moving him to another school.

Tuesday Flanders is keeping her 12-year-old son Chikayzea at home rather than send him to Fulham Boys School (FBS) where he is taught in isolation, because his hair breaches policy banning dreadlocks.

She accused the school of attacking her culture and religious discrimination, but FBS responded that it was treating the dispute as a social issue rather than a religious one.

She was speaking as the petition, which she set up last week, passed 4,000 signatures.

Getwestlondon broke the news of Mrs Flanders’ stand-off with the school on Thursday, which led to national exposure and an appearance on Good Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford .

On Tuesday (September 19) she said she was now keeping her son at home, rather than have him taught on his own.

She said: “I’m not prepared to send him through that. It’s absolutely wrong. I’m keeping him at home.

“He’s put in isolation every time he steps into school. I can’t afford that - it affects his emotion and everything.”

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

She said her first contact with the school since the story broke came on Tuesday morning, when she received a letter acknowledging her complaint.

She continued: “I’m looking at removing my son from the school.

"That’s one of the options I have, unless they’re prepared to teach him the way he’s supposed to be taught.

The petition set up by Tuesday Flanders was nearing 4,200 on Tuesday (September 19) afternoon

“If they’re prepared to teach him I will send my son back, but if not, no, I won’t.

“It’s heartbreaking for my son.”

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

Looking back at the media storm her story created, she said: “The past few days have been absolutely crazy.

“When I spoke to getwestlondon I thought it would be a local story read by the local community, but no!”

A petition she set up, which had 160 names on it at the time getwestlondon published her story, now has 4,191 signatures .

Getwestlondon has contacted (FBS) for further comment.

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

Previously, headteacher Alun Ebenezerr described FBS as a “strict academic school” with “very distinctive ethos and culture” and pupils from different cultures and religions.

He says he draws attention to the school’s uniform and appearance policy when addressing parents who are considering the FBS for their children, and that it is available on its website.

He said: “We are very clear what the school is about. Boys have to conform to uniform and appearance policy.

“Boys are told to cut their hair or grow their hair.

“All boys need to follow and adhere to the school policy.

“At the moment we are treating this as a social issue. I have seen no tenets that you have to have dreadlocks.

“The kindest thing you can do for boys is have strict discipline and firm boundaries and everyone has to comply with that.”

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