A 13-year old girl was denied a spot at much-sought-after spot at the Grenadjär School, publicly-funded and privately-managed free school in Örebro (Central Sweden), due to her pierced nose. She had been earlier granted a spot but later denied after they found out about the piercing. The school, which has students 15-years old or younger, has a dress code which doesn’t allow tattoos, clothing with racist slogans, or piercings.
“When we were going to sign the papers the principal said my daughter wasn’t welcome in their school if she had a piercing in her nose,” the mother wrote in her complaint to the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen), according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.
“She compared it to tattoos and short skirts.”Source: www.thelocal.se
The school says that the policy is correct for the age group.
School principal Yvonne Wirhall said the school’s ban on piercings and tattoos is reasonable considering all the students are 15-years-old or younger.
“Our wish is that the girl leave the piercing at home,” she told the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.
“That’s something you do when you get older,” she said.Source: www.thelocal.se
The school claims that the girl wasn’t denied her spot but requested the girl to leave the small pearl that she wears in her nose to be left at home.
The request didn’t sit well with the girl’s mother, however, who chose report the school’s policy to Sweden’s education watchdog agency.Source: www.thelocal.se
According to the principal, she is prepared to change the school’s policy if the agency finds that the school’s ban on piercings is unjustified.