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#907558 - 31st Oct 2014 9:41am Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig
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Terminally ill girl with alopecia left in tears after school teachers order her to take off wig.



A terminally-ill girl with alopecia was left in tears at school after teachers ordered her to remove her wig.

Ashanti Elliot Smith, aged 11, suffers from a rare ageing disease called Hutchinson Gilford Progeria and also has alopecia.

When she turned up for school in West Sussex in a bubblegum pink wig, she was told to take it off because it could encourage fellow pupils to dye their hair the same colour.

Her mother, Phoebe Smith, 29 said she was horrified at the school ordering her daughter to remove the hair piece.

She said: ‘She was devastated when they told her to take it off. Her little heart was broken, it’s disgusting.’


Ms Smith explained that the wig was donated by a friend as the family cannot afford human hair wigs.

‘It’s a pink wig, come on, other children would have understood.

‘I have only got a few years left with her so we want her to live it to the full’ said her mother.

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#907584 - 31st Oct 2014 5:26pm Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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I think the bright pink wig is inappropiate for school.
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#907586 - 31st Oct 2014 5:31pm Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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I agree. I,m sure with the little girl being so ill , she would be able to get one off nhs more suitable.

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#907687 - 31st Oct 2014 11:37pm Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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[/quote]When she turned up for school in West Sussex in a bubblegum pink wig, she was told to take it off because it could encourage fellow pupils to dye their hair the same colour.[quote]


Perhaps they will all be encouraged to shave their heads now in protest

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#907695 - 1st Nov 2014 7:18am Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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Doesn't this poor girl have enough to contend with without the petty minded people worrying what colour her hair is ? Bless her x

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#907721 - 1st Nov 2014 9:40am Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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Poor girl ,, i feel it is too bright for school and the NHS should supply one for her,.

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#907730 - 1st Nov 2014 9:59am Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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A note to the parents suggesting/requesting them to send her to school in a wig with a more "acceptable" colour might have been the right thing to do. NOT to humiliate the poor soul. Does she not have enough to contend with? If I were one of the parents, the teacher concerned would now have burst eardrums after our "discussion" at a range of one inch at a decibel range that shatter windows!

The handling of this situation was WRONG ! What ever happened to commonsense and compassion?

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#907737 - 1st Nov 2014 10:39am Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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As said, the child should not have had to face such humiliation. The mother should have had some common sense if she didn't wish to put her daughter through such trauma, and I'm quite sure that child will already have a wig from NHS. What does she normally wear for school ?
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#907746 - 1st Nov 2014 11:48am Re: Terminally ill girl order her to take off wig [Re: Mark]
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While I agree that the poor girl shouldn't be humiliated, can't help wondering if this story has been twisted to give it a more sensational impact. Alternative scenario - girl goes to school in bright pink wig (which I do feel is inappropriate, and I'm SURE there would be help for her getting a more suitable one), teacher quietly, privately and sensitively suggests that it's not suitable for school, child reports back to mum who goes to the papers accusing the school of the over-reaction as reported, which in reality never actually happened. No way of knowing which version is true, but some of the family are obviously no saints either:
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Due to her disease, Ashanti is not expected to live past 15 but recently fulfilled a lifelong wish to swim with dolphins in Florida.

This dream was made possible despite her father hitting headlines after being jailed for stealing the £3,500 donated by charity for the trip.
(from the same article quoted above)

Obviously this isn't the little girl's fault, but does make me wonder...

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