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Girl donates hair to cancer patients, put in isolation for ‘breaking school rules’ .

  Girl who donated hair to cancer patients put in isolation for 'breaking school rules'
A girl who shaved her head for charity has been thrown into isolation for breaking school rules. Niamh Baldwin, 14, cut her long blonde hair to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for cancer sufferers.

But instead of praising her teachers at Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance, Cornwall immediately threw her into isolation because her ‘Grade One’ cut did not meet uniform policy. Mum Anneka, 32, said: ‘She has been unfairly punished. She has always been a thoughtful and caring child. ‘But I was amazed when she told me that she wanted to do this over Christmas. I think this is the most courageous thing to do.
Girl who donated hair to cancer patients put in isolation for 'breaking school rules'
‘Especially at 14 – at that age a lot of girls are very into their looks and style, so to do something like this, we were all very proud.’ The move left Anneka furious and she hit out at the school for its actions.

She said: ‘I am so upset the school has made her feel so low because her hair needs to be one centimetre longer. ‘Niamh has always had outstanding reports and feedback from all of her teachers and everyone always says she is an amazingly polite and lovely girl. ‘This doesn’t change because of a hair style and to me it is discrimination. I’m actually fuming.’
Girl who donated hair to cancer patients put in isolation for 'breaking school rules'
But the school insists the rules, which state that boys are allowed nothing shorter than a ‘Grade Two’ clipper cut, were ‘very clear’. Head teacher Sara Davey said: ‘The policy has been published in our behaviour policy for many years.

‘Extreme haircuts including head shaving have never been allowed and this is common for schools across the UK. ‘All students know school policy and they also know the consequence. ‘If Niamh had asked the school this would have been pointed out and an alternative fundraising idea would have been suggested.
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