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Kerala: Father sports son’s 'freak hairdo' and breaks school discipline

  • Teachers of a government school in Kerala felt that 'freak' hairstyle went against school discipline. 
  • They directed students to come to school neat and trim. 
  • Most of the students obliged, but many did not. And one of the parents went a step ahead and sported the freak look in support of his child.
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Can a 'freak hairdo' break school's discipline? Teachers of a government school teacher in Kasargod, Kerala, felt it would and directed students to come with 'neat hair cut.' But they were in for a  surprise when a boy's father turned up at school with the same 'freak look' in solidarity with his child.


The interesting scenes unfolded in Govt. Fisheries School at Adukkathbayal in Kasargod the other day. Teachers of the school had objected to 'freak hair style.'  They convened a meeting of the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA)  on 29 September and unanimously passed a resolution against such hairdos.  Most of the boys fell in line with the 'school discipline,' and trimmed their hair, unwillingly, though.  But some still sported the stylish hairdo. 


Parents of those who did not comply with the PTA decision were summoned to the school. The father of a boy who sported a freak look despite the ultimatum from the teachers took it as an opportunity to express his solidarity with his son. He appeared before the class teacher Parameswaran Namboothiri imitating his son's hairstyle! 


However, things have gone a bit far with the teacher complaining against the parent for allegedly abusing him. Namboothiri also filed a complaint with the District Education Officer and the local police alleging that a friend of the boy's father rang him up and threatened him. 


Also read: Don't compel girl students to plait hair: child rights body to Kerala schools


Interestingly, the incident took place just a few days after a Plus Two student of Kasargod won a favourable order from Kerala State  Commission for Protection of Child Rights against the insistence that girls should come to school with plaited hair. The girl argued that when the boys had no restrictions on hairstyle, the girl students are forced to braid hair in a particular way and it amounted to gender discrimination. 

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