Sarina State High School student Crystal, 17, said she received detention for six days for having a nose piercing.
Sarina State High School student Crystal, 17, said she received detention for six days for having a nose piercing.

17yo spends first week of school in detention over piercing

A SCHOOLGIRL from Sarina, who says she was given six days detention on her first day of Year 12 for having a nose piercing, says she's "cranky" and doesn't want to go to school now.

Her mum, Melissa Place, says schools should be for "education, not what you look like".

Crystal, who is 17, has attended Sarina State High School since year eight and has never had an issue, that is until this year.

Her outraged mum took to Facebook to express her anger where she was joined by other mothers who believe the rules at the school must have been tightened this year with some of their own children receiving detentions too; one for wearing black socks instead of white.

"(The students have) been told to shave their mullets off," she added.

"It's getting beyond a joke."

Ms Place believes the new rules came with a new principal this year.

Our requests for an interview with the principal, or Sarina State High School, went unanswered.

But the uniform policy, available on the school website, states "facial piercings such as eyebrows/nose/lip/tongue are not permitted".

"Isolation from normal activities will be implemented until rectified... the only jewellery permitted is a watch, two pairs of plain sleepers or studs (in the ears - 4 earrings in all) and one plain ring."

Black lace-up shoes are required which "must have" leather or vinyl uppers and white socks permitted.

There is no specific policy apparent on "mullets", but the website does say "hair must be clean, neat and a natural colour".

While some mothers related to the online outrage, others disagreed and called for respect to the uniform policy to teach children to follow guidelines and learn discipline.

Regardless, Ms Place is standing firm and believes schools should focus on tackling bullying rather than uniforms.

"I went to school in a pair of thongs and plain clothes and it did not ruin my future," she said.

"Her education is going down the drain just because of a nose piercing. My daughter won't go to school now."

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said student dress codes reflected school community standards and should parents or students have concerns about their school's dress code they are encouraged to discuss these with the principal and P&C.

Ms Place said she was rallying other mums in the community to attend the P&C meeting on February 20 to request for a change to the school uniform policy.

"Change their policy - we're in 2018, were not in 1980," she demanded.


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