The 16-year-old student suspended for having long hair could be back at college while waiting for his court hearing – if he agrees to a haircut.
Lucan Battison was suspended from St John’s College in Hastings on May 22 and hasn’t been back since.
The school’s lawyer said yesterday that his suspension was lifted by the board of trustees on May 30, to allow him to return on the condition that he cut his hair first.
But his parents are standing firm, and still intend to go to the High Court on Monday to seek a judicial review of the school’s decision.
Father Troy Battison said yesterday: “Lucan has always maintained he wants to go back to school, but he wants to be able to tie his hair back and, to be honest, it looks tidier tied up anyway.”
He said he could understand the school wanting to instil respect and discipline in students, “but my son knows both of those, whether his hair is tied back or not”.
Lucan told TV One last night he did not think it was fair “to be excluded from school just because of my parents”.
That’s an interesting comment. That suggests it is his parents, not Lucan, who are insisting he not cut his hair. I can’t imagine a 16 year old would be the saying I’d rather go to court. so why would his parents be demanding he not cut his hair?
His father, who has long dreadlocks, said …
Okay, now it is all making sense.
If you choose to go to a Catholic integrated school that has a policy on hair length, don’t complain when they enforce it. There are plenty of schools around that don’t have such a policy.