South West Wales

Milford Haven head shave pupil Rhys Johnson in school and charity row

Rhys Johnson (Pic: Western Telegraph)
Image caption Rhys helped to raise £700 for his charity head shave stunt

A Pembrokeshire schoolboy has been been removed from his normal lessons after having his head shaved for charity.

Teachers at Milford Haven School warned Rhys Johnson, 14, there could be repercussions if he cut his hair too short, going against rules.

His mother Lucy O'Neill said he was being "punished" for trying to do some good.

Pembrokeshire council said the school was "acting appropriately in enforcing its policy".

Rhys and a friend wanted to raise cancer research funds after a third relative was diagnosed with the disease.

So the pair had their heads shaved as part of the annual UK-wide Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday and raised about £700.

But the school policy on hairstyles says "no shaven heads" so now he is not being allowed to return to his normal classes although he continues to go to school.

Ms O'Neill said Rhys' friend, 14, who also had her head shaved, has had no such problems at her school, nearby Tasker Milward.

'Disregarded'

"I was so proud of him I would not have stopped him," she said, explaining that the school had telephoned to warn her about its policy on hair cut too short.

"He had already been out three nights getting sponsors and people had already paid him. So he said 'I've got to do this mam'.

"When he came home and said he wanted to do something good I backed him 100% but now he's being punished," she said.

"He wants to go back to his lessons."

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: "School policy is set by a school's governing body and implemented by the head teacher and school staff.

"When this policy is disregarded by a pupil - and in this instance the policy has been clearly communicated to the pupil concerned - the school is acting appropriately in enforcing its policy."

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