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Home / Latest News / ‘Self-expression is a human right’: Mother furious that 13-year-old daughter cannot wear tongue piercing to school

‘Self-expression is a human right’: Mother furious that 13-year-old daughter cannot wear tongue piercing to school

A mother is furious her teenage daughter is being threatened with lessons in “isolation” for wearing a tongue piercing to school.

Kaya Williams has a strong academic and extra-curricular record but is now facing disciplinary action over the piercing, done on her 13th birthday to improve her confidence and self-esteem.

Her mother, Tracy, 47, of Ely, Cardiff, has kept her daughter at home for three days, saying she fears Kaya’s education would suffer if taught alone.

Tracy, a college lecturer, said: “The teachers have never had any problems with her. She works really hard and has never even been told off before. This is completely and utterly unacceptable.”

She said Kaya had won an award for her academic achievements and consistently achieved good grades, as well as representing her year on the school council at Cardinal Newman RC School in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd.

Tracy said teachers initially stopped her daughter from taking part in PE lessons, due to health and safety concerns, but last week was told she would be separated from her classmates until she removed the piercing.

Tracy, who also has a tongue piercing, said: “It is a human right to express yourself and she is not being allowed to do that. When I was in school, you did what you were told or you got the cane but I thought times had moved on.”

School policy states pupils are allowed one earring in each ear.

Kaya said: “I have never been naughty. I always do my homework and I have never been in trouble.

“Loads of other people in my class have piercings so I don’t understand why I’m not allowed mine.”

Headteacher Justin O’Sullivan confirmed Kaya had been told she would be placed in isolation if she did not remove the piercing but said this action had not yet been taken.

He said: “I would want to rectify the situation before we get to that point.”

He added: “Tomorrow we will continue our discussions with the parent of the pupil with a view to resolving the issue which has arisen.

“This is a matter surrounding an individual pupil and on that basis it would be inappropriate to comment further. Every incidence of student discipline is dealt with individually and confidentially.”

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