My fifteen year old grandson was turned away from school this week at the start of term – because his shoes were dark brown.
He was asked if he had black shoes at home. This was in front of other pupils.
My grandson replied that he did have black shoes at home. What he didn’t say was his black shoes have holes in them.
The school say my grandson should have told them his shoes have holes and borrowed some from the school store.
Can you imagine the embarrassment for a fifteen year old boy – admitting to shoes with holes – or borrowing shoes from the school?
Consequently, my grandson who is one of the best students at Chesterfield Parkside School, has not been to school for the first two days of the new term.
My grandson is not the only student to have been ridiculed by adults at Parkside School.
I know of at least one other student, a boy completely new to the school, who was also accused of a shoes crime.
If a school in UK wants to see every student dressed identically, they should provide uniforms – as is done in the work place.
Ridiculing children because their parents, for whatever reason, have not purchased a certain colour of shoes is very wrong.
It is bullying and it is child abuse.
School adults should consider the feelings of a child when asking about school uniforms. This is not difficult.
If parents don’t send their kids to school, they can be fined, yet there is no obligation to give continued education when a child is sent to school.
When my son was at school, he was brought on to the assembly stage to be ridiculed for wearing soft shoes because I couldn’t afford anything else.
When my grand-daughter was temporarily in an Indian school, she came home on her first day and stated, “Mummy, I was the only one in my class wearing shoes.”
This is quite the opposite of the UK shoe fixation – but the education system in India is superb.
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