- Brandon Atherton and his mother tried six things to get his hair back to normal
- But instead of going back to his natural brown, his hair turned ivy green
- Mother Sharon says she understands rules but ‘they have made so much effort’
- Cwmtae Community School in Pontardawe, south Wales has a ‘strict’ policy
Lara Keay For Mailonline
A teenager who dyed his hair blue over the summer has been banned from lessons after six desperate attempts to return it to its natural colour made it green.
Sharon Atherton let her son Brandon, 15, colour his hair blue at the start of the summer holidays on the condition it went back to brown on his return to school.
But before the youngster went back to Cwmtawe Community School in Pontardawe, south Wales, Ms Atherton’s efforts with brown dye, hair colour remover and a darker brown dye were unsuccessful.
When Brandon tried to go back to lessons with streaky dark blue hair, he was put in isolation.
Brandon Atherton, 15, from south Wales, had blue hair over the summer, but despite trying six times to get it back to brown, it has now turned ivy green
His mother, of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, said: ‘I just want Brandon back in lessons.
‘Last Sunday we put brown dye in it, but instead of his hair being light blue it went dark blue.
‘I drafted a letter and made six copies for Brandon to hand to his teachers on Tuesday to explain the steps we had taken and the products we had used.’
That day at work at HSBC in Swansea, Ms Atherton got a message from the school asking her to get in touch about Brandon’s unusual hairstyle.
When she got through she claims she was told he would have to stay in isolation until the blue dye was gone and his natural brown colour had returned.
She added: ‘Luckily on the first day he had his Game of Thrones book, so he read that.’
His mother Sharon allowed him to transform his hair over the summer break (pictured) providing it went back to normal when school started again
The teenager’s hair is usually brown (pictured) but the youngster is now stuck with green locks
Desperate to get things back to the way they were, the mother and son duo tried hair colour stripper, bleach and another brown dye on his locks – only for it to turn green.
Brandon stayed at home on Wednesday while his mother tried to reason with the school.
Head teacher Lee Hitchins said it would be ‘inappropriate to comment on individual cases’.
But he said: ‘We have a clear and concise uniform policy which has been in place for many years and is communicated regularly to pupils and parents.’
Teachers at Cwmtawe Community School in Pontardawe say they have a strict uniform policy and Brandon will have to stay in isolation until his hair is a natural colour again
The teenager returned to school yesterday where he was allowed to pick up work to do and told he will have to stay away from his friends until his hair is a natural colour again.
He was also advised to get it cut.
Ms Atherton added: ‘I fully understand rules, regulations and conformity – I was in the RAF for 22 years.
‘And the school sent out a newsletter before the summer holidays saying they would be strict about uniform and things like that.
‘But Brandon has not done this to be insolent or break the rules, and we have made so much effort.’
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