Mum defies West Kirby’s Hilbre High School over daughter’s nose ring ban
Jan 6 2011 By Ben Turner
A DEFIANT mum is refusing to remove her 12-year-old daughter’s nose ring which her school has banned on health and safety grounds.
Donna Tucker insists she will fight West Kirby’s Hilbre High School all the way after claiming staff have ordered her daughter Keira to remove the "late Christmas present" by Monday or she must find another school.
But Mrs Tucker, 38, is adamant the nose ring, which matches her own, will not be removed as it "is a human rights issue".
Today the school refused to be drawn on the issuing of any ultimatum.
But headteacher Jan Levenson insisted she was hoping to meet with Mrs Tucker to find an "amicable outcome" and stressed all parents had signed up to the uniform rules.
However Mrs Tucker, from Moreton, is refusing to back down claiming other pupils flout the jewellery ban.
She said: " I do not know what the big deal is, she is not turning up with drugs or a weapon and they should be more bothered about the fact she turns up and puts a lot of effort into her work.
"The nose ring was a late Christmas present and I had mine done with her. Other kids have snake bites (piercing below the lip) and a teaching assistant at the school has her nose pierced."
She added: "We will fight the school over it as it’s a human rights issue. Kids aren’t robots, my daughter’s her own person."
But Mrs Levenson said: ‘The school rules, to which every parent signs up when their child comes here, are the same as they have ever been.
"Pupils are not allowed to wear piercings in school, and are always challenged when they do so.
"That rule exists on health and safety grounds because, in a busy school where there are a lot of pupils, there is a very real risk of accidents."
She added that the student had not been sent home "as we have no wish to interrupt her education".http://www.wirralnews.co.uk/wirral-news/...e-ring-ban.html