Freedom of expression came at a high price for a teenager sent home from school for styling his hair like his cricketing hero Kevin Pietersen.
Although Pietersen has now shaved off his trademark hairdo, its punk spirit lives on in 15-year-old Carl Ferris, right, who refused to go back to class after being ordered by teachers to get rid of his "extreme" style. Carl, who attends Westfield community school in Somerset, saved his Christmas money to pay for the two-toned, spiky black cut, which cost £60. But when he arrived at school earlier this week, he was told by teachers that it was "too extreme". Rather than shave it off, as his hero has now done for the current Test tour in India, Carl, from Yeovil, chose to go home - and not return.
Carl's father, Roy, claimed his son's decision was a human rights issue. "I was told two-toned hair wasn't tolerated and it had to be a single, natural colour," he said yesterday. "It's an invasion of human rights and how he chooses to express himself."
Mr Ferris said a number of girls at his son's school had two-toned hairstyles but had not been told to change them.
Carl, who has missed dozens of classes during the stand-off, yesterday moved to a compromise position with a shorter haircut, although the streak remained defiantly in place.
"He likes to glam it up a bit on the weekend and I don't see anything wrong with that," his father said.
From The Guardian