Teen 'punished' by school over charity head-shave

Western Telegraph: FUNDRAISERS: Rhys and friend Tesni raised £700 through the head shave FUNDRAISERS: Rhys and friend Tesni raised £700 through the head shave

A MILFORD Haven teenager has been left disappointed by an act of charity which landed him in trouble at school.

Rhys Johnson, 14, decided to raise money for cancer research after his auntie was diagnosed with the disease recently, joining forces with his friend Tesni Doherty-Bowen.

The pair held a charity head shave during a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday (September 28) and worked hard to gather sponsorship of more than £700.

But Rhys, who had been warned by his headteacher at Milford Haven School not to take part, has been forced to work in isolation in the head of year’s classroom following his fundraising efforts.

His mum, Lucy O'Neill, said he was "really disappointed" and felt he was being unfairly treated, especially as, she said, Tesni's school, Tasker Milward in Haverfordwest, had praised her good deed.

"He's been in trouble before so when he came home and said he wanted to do something good I backed him 100%. But now he's being punished," said Lucy.

Rhys said: “It makes me feel low, because I’ve done something for such a good cause and now I’m just stuck in a room until my hair grows back.”

A peaceful protest against the decision to place Rhys in isolation is planned for outside the school on Friday morning.

Rhys said: "It's to show them that they’re wrong for putting someone whose done a good thing for a good cause in a room just for having a short haircut."

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “School policy is set by a school’s Governing Body and implemented by the headteacher 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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2:25pm Thu 3 Oct 13

chizy says...

Well done guys, £700 toward cancer research - fantastic.

Milford Haven School and it's Governors - doh!

Pembrokeshire County Council - well, what can you say that hasn't been said before..............
Well done guys, £700 toward cancer research - fantastic. Milford Haven School and it's Governors - doh! Pembrokeshire County Council - well, what can you say that hasn't been said before.............. chizy
  • Score: 8

4:15pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Hyper-injunctions says...

This is reminiscent of that story about school uniform recently published in WT.
In that instance commenters were quick to defend the right of the schools to impose whatever dress/appearance code they fancied. I would imagine the same voices will be along soon to condemn this boy for daring to go against school policy.
Its ironic that the majority of the grumpy old commenters here are probably past-it slapheads themselves.

With the annual stories about school children achieving better and better results in exams, I find it heartening that the adults who run schools are just as thick as they always have been.
This is reminiscent of that story about school uniform recently published in WT. In that instance commenters were quick to defend the right of the schools to impose whatever dress/appearance code they fancied. I would imagine the same voices will be along soon to condemn this boy for daring to go against school policy. Its ironic that the majority of the grumpy old commenters here are probably past-it slapheads themselves. With the annual stories about school children achieving better and better results in exams, I find it heartening that the adults who run schools are just as thick as they always have been. Hyper-injunctions
  • Score: 14

4:38pm Thu 3 Oct 13

chizy says...

I have just read on the BBC Wales website that apparently the school has a 'no shaven head' policy.
I have read it all now. Does this cover teachers too?
Mind, there was plenty of comb overs going on when I was there in the 80's.
Wonder what Paul Thomas the music teacher would have made of such a policy............?
I'm way too diplomatic to quote his nickname!!!!!!!
I have just read on the BBC Wales website that apparently the school has a 'no shaven head' policy. I have read it all now. Does this cover teachers too? Mind, there was plenty of comb overs going on when I was there in the 80's. Wonder what Paul Thomas the music teacher would have made of such a policy............? I'm way too diplomatic to quote his nickname!!!!!!! chizy
  • Score: 8

6:14pm Thu 3 Oct 13

moominhoneybun says...

How disgusting; instead of supporting these guys and congratulating them for their fantastic achievement they get chastised and excluded. How on earth do we encourage our kids to take part in things like this if one person feels its wrong. I hope to god the person who excluded these guys never ever has to suffer the awful experience of someone who is loved having this awful disease. In my opinion the teacher should now be chastised even given a final warning on their conduct. Absolutely disgusting.....
How disgusting; instead of supporting these guys and congratulating them for their fantastic achievement they get chastised and excluded. How on earth do we encourage our kids to take part in things like this if one person feels its wrong. I hope to god the person who excluded these guys never ever has to suffer the awful experience of someone who is loved having this awful disease. In my opinion the teacher should now be chastised even given a final warning on their conduct. Absolutely disgusting..... moominhoneybun
  • Score: 8

11:23pm Thu 3 Oct 13

teifion says...

Can the head teacher be such a ruddy stupid, short sighted fool who believes in hitting targets rather than educating ?
I'm guessing from talking to people locally the answer is YES

Does the blithering idiot not believe in teaching his kids DECENCY?

I know BPJ and the councillors believe in selfishness, greed and sod everybody else but for Gods sake teach our kids some human decency - they can be taught selfishness and cynicism a bit later IF they stay in Pembs
Can the head teacher be such a ruddy stupid, short sighted fool who believes in hitting targets rather than educating ? I'm guessing from talking to people locally the answer is YES Does the blithering idiot not believe in teaching his kids DECENCY? I know BPJ and the councillors believe in selfishness, greed and sod everybody else but for Gods sake teach our kids some human decency - they can be taught selfishness and cynicism a bit later IF they stay in Pembs teifion
  • Score: 3

8:11am Fri 4 Oct 13

sdfsalesco says...

Ironic that Pembrokeshire County Council are able to enforce school policies so strictly to a school child raising money for a cancer charity. Meanwhile, they turn a blind eye when Council staff are breaking the law by smoking cigarettes in work vehicles.
Ironic that Pembrokeshire County Council are able to enforce school policies so strictly to a school child raising money for a cancer charity. Meanwhile, they turn a blind eye when Council staff are breaking the law by smoking cigarettes in work vehicles. sdfsalesco
  • Score: 10

11:13am Fri 4 Oct 13

Kat_Cullen says...

I can't believe that all the fuss is over Rhys getting his head shaved! I mean, really? Aren't the pupils educations more important? I support Rhys and his friend with what they've done and I think that they are very brave and should be proud of themselves.
I support the pupils for making a stand and Rhys with continuing his plan to raise money.
all I can say is I hope its sorted soon and that the school supports him rather than making a big deal out of it. We all support you both, well done!
I can't believe that all the fuss is over Rhys getting his head shaved! I mean, really? Aren't the pupils educations more important? I support Rhys and his friend with what they've done and I think that they are very brave and should be proud of themselves. I support the pupils for making a stand and Rhys with continuing his plan to raise money. all I can say is I hope its sorted soon and that the school supports him rather than making a big deal out of it. We all support you both, well done! Kat_Cullen
  • Score: 3

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