Taylor Jones, 15 year old high school student, raised a lot of money for a cancer charity by cutting his hair. When he went back to school, instead of getting praised, he got punished.
Launceston College in Cornwall said that he had to go into isolation because of his “extreme haircut.”
The school said that he is not allowed to come back until his hair grows back to a more respectable length. This is even more outrageous because he is missing school and has major exams coming up.
The parents tried to do the haircut in the beginning of the Easter break, but the people who were supposed to cute Taylor’s hair for the charity was just not available. Nick Jones, Taylor’s father, says that his school is acting like a “dictatorship.”
Understandably so, Taylor is extremely upset by this whole ordeal, but there is a small ray of light in this whole situation.
People have heard of his story and are flocking together to support him in his time of need.
“Personally I don’t think it’s fair to punish a student for trying to do something that should be celebrated just because our school is so caught up in its own image.” The Facebook post on Launceston Notice Board prompted a furious reaction with many people condemning the college. There were also hundreds of offers of support for his charity fundraising and Taylor has now set up a JustGiving page to raise more money for Cancer Research UK.
Jobi Hovis Hold wrote: “Absolutely horrified reading this! Shame on you Launceston College……..I suppose you’d put a student having gone through chemo in isolation too for not having hair! Disgraceful.” Stephanie Barret said it was “absolutely shameful” of the college, adding: “You should be making a positive example of this young man’s achievement.”
Launceston College said Taylor would be having individual specialist tuition for the four days. Principal Bryan Maywood told the BBC: “After this period his hair will no longer be considered an extreme hairstyle; he will return to normal lessons.” “Launceston College respects Taylor’s impressive collection made for Cancer Research but unfortunately it was not planned with College expectations in mind... The ‘Brave the Shave’ Macmillan Cancer Support website is very clear about procedures for undertaking these charity events and stresses the need to seek permission from school.”