Police were called today after fifty children were sent home on their first day back at school for wearing the wrong uniform.Students were left ‘stranded’ outside the gates of Hartsdown Academy in Kent after being turned away under the new headmaster’s policy. One furious mum, Latasha Whiting, said: “It was ridiculous. There were kids in the road, cars beeping and swerving. They [staff] didn’t let them into the school to make calls.
“A 12-year-old girl knocked on my husband’s window and asked him to take her home because she couldn’t get in touch with her parents. She didn’t even know him. He told her to go and ask a teacher but she said she had and she’d been dismissed.” Latasha said her 15-year-old daughter, who is 5ft 10ins and has ADHD, was turned away from the school gates for having a ‘short’ skirt.
In total, around 50 pupils were turned away from the school in Margate this morning for a variety of uniform infractions. Outraged parents protested for two hours outside the building before police stepped in to try to diffuse tensions.
Headteacher Matthew Tate, however, claims to have warned parents this would happen before the summer holidays. He said: “We wrote to parents to say we would be ensuring our uniform policy is adhered to and that if children were not in perfect uniform today they would be sent home.”