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Row over hairstyle policy at Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne after pupil 'told to remove braids'

Secondary school bosses are considering their policy on hairstyles after a row with a parent over her daughter's braids.

Chyna Cowie-Sullivan, from Purple Emperor Grove in Iwade, returned to Fulston Manor in Sittingbourne last week with braided Afro hair.

But the 14-year-old says she was asked to remove her braids and return her locks to a "normal" style.

Leanne Sullivan and her daughter Chyna Cowie-Sullivan
Leanne Sullivan and her daughter Chyna Cowie-Sullivan

Fulston Manor denies she was asked this and says it is considering the issue as part of a review.

The teenager's mum, Leanne Sullivan, 37, said: “Her hair was chemically relaxed but as it was growing out we decided to put it in braids to keep it neat, because in a bun it kept looking messy by the end of the day.

“They don’t even know what her natural hair is.

“I was told she was allowed to keep them for now and they are going to review the policy soon.

“I was prepared to take her out of school but they are looking at it.”

In an email to the school, Leanne challenged its stance that Chyna can keep her braids “for now” saying: “I am keen to find out how you think she should wear her hair after this?

VIDEO: Mum in row with daughter's school over braids

“For me it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but how Fulston Manor will incorporate Afro, braided and natural hairstyles into its school uniform policy.

“The answer is not for all black and ethnic minority children to chemically alter or hide their natural hair. That does not support their equality and diversity as outlined in your policy.”

Fulston Manor says it is reviewing its hair policy.

In a statement, the school said: “No student has been asked to remove their braids.

“The policy which contains the guidance is under review and will be reconsidered by governors at their next meeting.

“All views will be taken into account at this meeting.”

Leanne and Chyna will learn the outcome of the review next Thursday.

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