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Readers react with fury after young Rastafarian student told to cut dreadlocks by school

Chikayzea, 12, faces suspension due to his hairstyle, which his mum claims is for religious reasons

Readers have been expressing their anger after reading about a west London student who faces the prospect of suspension due to his hairstyle.

Chikayzea, a 12-year-old student at Fulham Boys School , has been told he needs to cut his dreadlocks to adhere to the school's strict uniform and appearance policy.

Tuesday Flanders, the young boy's mother who follows the Rastafarian faith, says the school's demand is religious discrimination and an attack on her culture.

Fulham Boys School, in Mund Street , is handling the case as a social issue rather than a religious one and even taught Chikayzea in isolation on Monday (September 11).

Since the article was published, getwestlondon readers have taken to our Facebook page to express their anger about the school's actions.

“No way should his hair be cut,” said Rowena Liverpool. “It won't interfere with his learning and education – his religion should be respected.”

Mary Jane-Tickner added: “[The] school needs to work in partnership and towards inclusion, not against and exclusion. Some schools these days have it so wrong.”

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

Danni Connolly shared a similar opinion and slammed the school as “ridiculous”.

She said: “Why on earth would they cut his hair! Children go to school to learn and an appearance should not stop this.”

“It states they respect culture and religion but then still want him to cut his hair,” wrote Vicki Francesca Campbell.

She added: “[The school] can't think much of the education if they are too busy worrying about their hair of all things.”

Chikayzea, a 12-year-old student at Fulham Boys School, has been told he needs to cut his dreadlocks(Image: UGC TMS)

A number of readers, including Susan Toms Was Miesse, said that as long as the hair is tied back it “should not be a problem”.

A comment on the article itself also read: “It is only hair, it has absolutely no effect on teaching and learning.”

However, Karina Porto commented with a different opinion and stated: “If the parents were aware of the policy before sending their child to school and their policy was clear then why try to break the rules.

“Why choose to send you child to a school with such a strict dress code? Maybe you expect more from a school like this and if so then why try to fight it?

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Similarly, Chris Waters added: “Appearance plays a part as many companies have regulations either due to maintaining the company image or health and safety.

“It's stupid how people complain about having to follow rules.”

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