Red-Haired Girl Kicked Out Of School Because Her Hair Is Distracting
Emily Reay, a 17-year-old student with bright red hair, has been suspended from Trinity School in Carlisle, England because she is a redhead.
Reay was told to go home because her bright red hair had become a distraction. Her parents immediately insisted that she has not used hair coloring for at least three years.
The natural redhead was told about the schools decision after she returned from Easter break.
Emily Reay was suspended while in the middle of studying to complete her A-level examinations, the results of which will ultimately determine which university she’ll attend.
School officials say the young girl will not be allowed to return until she colors her hair. “I was very angry at first,” Reay admitted. “And then burst into tears. I’ve had the same color for the past three years, and nobody at school has commented on it.”
“Everybody knows me as that ‘young ginger singer.’ For me it is a confidence thing. If I had to dye my hair brown, I would lose this,” Emily added.
“They had her in tears,” 44-year-old Mrs Reay explained. “They do not realise what her hair means to her… The school’s uniform policy clearly states no unnatural hair colors, like blue or green. But is ginger not a natural hair color?”
In an ironic turn of fate, the high school student is “playing Scaramouche in the school’s adaptation of We Will Rock You, which is about society suppressing people’s creativity and self-expression.
Emily Reay has insisted that she’s offered various alternatives to the school’s request to change her hair color, but the institution won’t budge.
“I had to dye my hair to a more natural color, or tone it down considerably,” Emily remarked. “I offered to pin it up, or wear a beanie hat, but I was told ‘no’ to both.”
In the meantime, Emily Reay says she plans to compromise in order to complete her studies and move on with her life.