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Protest outside Fulham school after dreadlocks controversy

PICTURED: Chikayzea

A PETITION against Fulham Boys School’s "discriminatory uniform and appearance policy" has generated over 4,600 signatures, prompting a protest.

The parents have charged Fulham Boys with Unlawful Religious and Race Discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010, and will be holding an anti-discrimination protest outside Fulham Boys School on Tuesday 31 October 2017 starting at 8am until 2pm.

The protest comes after parents of an eleven-year-old Rastafarian boy admitted to Fulham Boys School, was told by Head Teacher, Mr Alun Ebenezer, that their son's dreadlocks were against the school's uniform and appearance policy and that they must either cut off their son's locks or he will be told to leave.

Chikayzea was removed from his class and made to sit in isolation. He was reportedly denied all access to the educational curriculum and made to serve detentions long after his peers had gone home.

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning show host Eamonn Holmes, mother Tuesday Flanders said: "For us as a family we are Hebrew Israelites, which also goes into the category of Rastafari...in the culture where I come from this is how kids wear their hair."

Thousands of viewers then listened to the headteacher when he phoned into the show to defend his schools position saying that their sons locks did not meet the school’s uniform and appearance policy.

However, he reportedly failed to inform viewers that the school had only recently added the exclusion of dreadlocks and braids to their new September 2017 uniform and appearance policy, which was not a part of the policy when the parents applied to send their son to the school in the summer.

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