School punishes boy who shaved head for charity

A Chesterfield student was banned from leaving the sixth form area of his school after shaving his head for charity.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 4:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:47 pm

Jordan Smitheman, 18 , who attends Netherthorpe School, took part in a charity event, raising £400, at The Hollingwood Hotel, in support of Macmillian Cancer Support.

He, along with five others, where part of the Brave the Shave campaign which sees ordinary people shave their heads to support cancer sufferers who have lost their hair through chemotherapy.

Unfortunately for Jordan, when he returned to school, the headmaster asked him not to interact with students during breaks and stay in his sixth form area, as he was breaking dress code rules.

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Jordan’s mother, Donna said:” I think it is appalling he is being punished for doing something so good.”

Jordan has also won support from one of the other participants in the event who had her head shaved,Sandra Douglas.

Sandra said: “I am disgusted with the school. It was a very selfless act on Jordan’s part and he should not have been treated this way”

Richard Pike, of the Hollingwood Hotel, where Jordan works and the event took place, emailed the school as soon as he heard about the exclusion.

He said: “Rather than excluding him, an announcement should have been made to the school as to why Jordan had his head shaved and that he should be applauded,”

Headmaster, Alan Senior issued a statement which said: “Under our dress code students are not allowed to shave their heads, have mohican styles, or coloured hair. “In Jordan’s case, we recognise that it is for a good cause and have therefore kept him in lessons and allowed him the freedom of the extensive sixth form area.

“All we have said is that he can’t go into the areas where the younger students are, because they won’t know why he has done this and are likely to think it’s acceptable.”