A protest will take place outside a school on Tuesday (October 31) after it deemed a Rastafarian pupil’s dreadlocks breached policy.
Fulham Boys School was accused of religious discrimination by Tuesday Flanders after her 12-year-old son Chikayzea was put in isolation.
The school, in Mund Street, says his dreadlocks breached its strict uniform and appearance policy, while Mrs Flanders argued this was an attack on their faith, religion and cutlure.
Chikayzea has now moved school after both sides refused to back down.
Juliet Ryan, CEO at Working Action Group, an organisation which promotes equality, diversity and inclusivity, is one of the protest organisers.
She said she had written several letters to school headteacher Alun Ebenezer.
“So we decided to do something more visual to show and hence a protest was born," she said.
She hopes other Rastafarians with dreadlocks and braids will attend.
“We want to prove to Mr Ebenezer that dreadlocks are an essential part of the the religion," she added.
“My father was a Rastafarian. To the day he died he didn’t cut his hair. It’s sacred.
“What has been done is an insult to the whole comunity.
“But it’s also an insult to everybody because it’s an insult to everyone’s human right.
“This isn’t an issue about school dress code. It’s about the breach of human rights and dignity, and a breach of sacred religious tenants.”
Mr Ebenezer said he was aware of the protest, and that the safety and education of his pupils was his main priority.
He said: “School will go ahead as normal and we will plan for it.
“My main concern is that the boys are safe and can come to school, go to lessons and clubs as normal.
“I want to make it as normal a day as I possibly can.”
The protest will take place outside the school gates from 8am to 2pm.
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