Mum’s tweet about daughter’s Birmingham school ban over hairstyle goes viral

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A mother from Birmingham hit out at Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Kings Heath on Twitter after claims her daughter was banned from the school canteen for her braided hairstyle

A mum claimed on social media that her daughter received a playground and canteen school ban for her hairstyle.

Posting a photo on Twitter on Wednesday, January 18, the mother claimed that her daughter, who attends Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Kings Heath, received the ban for having her hair braided.

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She said the school’s issue with the hairstyle was because her daughter had a heart shape braided into her hair. But Bishop Challoner has since issued a statement insisting braids are allowed in school.

The girl’s mum wrote: “My child is banned from the school playground/canteen for her hair, its neatly braided in a natural colour, I gave them a lesson on the history of black womens hairs cultural significance of braiding, they chose violence.”

She then tweeted: “Just for clarity, the issue the school has is with the heart, as if that makes it any less bad.” The tweet has since gone viral, with 100,000 likes on the platform and just under 17,000 retweets. Dozens of people have responded to the Tweet.

BirminghamWorld contacted the mum to see if she would like to speak with us about this issue further.

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When we contacted Bishop Challoner Catholic College they issued a statement saying: “Bishop Challoner Catholic College is very clear that braids are allowed to be worn in school.

“If parents/carers have any issues, there are clear procedures in place which they can follow for their concerns to be addressed.”

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