Sixteen-year-old Lucan Battison was suspended last month from St John’s College in the town of Hastings. Principal Paul Melloy said Battison had breached a rule that states students must keep their hair short, tidy, off their collars and out of their eyes.

But Battison argued his naturally curly hair would look unruly if cropped and he was prepared to wear it in a bun to comply with the school’s standards. Rather than cutting his hair, the student and his family took their case to court.

New Zealand High Court judge David Collins found the schoolboy’s actions weren’t harmful or dangerous to other students, didn’t amount to serious misconduct, and therefore didn’t warrant suspension. He also found St John’s didn’t provide enough clarity in its hair rules to ensure students could comply with them.

Courtesy: Mid-Day

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