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QLD school punishes kids for wrong school shoes

“They can’t refuse my kids an education for wearing the wrong school shoes. It’s completely unnecessary.”

Parents are raging after a state school in Queensland singled out kids for wearing the wrong school shoes.

Edens Landing State School principal Clint Curran gave kids “infringement notices” on Tuesday, the first day back for the term.

The notices reprimanded kids for wearing tight trousers, short skirts, jewellery, make up, non-white socks and brightly-coloured shoes.

But it was the shoes that parents are angry about – with countless mums and dads flooding Facebook to complain.

One mum, Stacey Backer told Quest News that she had struggled to find any shoes in her five-year-old daughter’s size due to low stock in stores as a result of the coronavirus.

“I had to go to five different stores just to find shoes. In my book, singling out children, making them feel bad – it’s completely unnecessary and … what if it is a family that genuinely can’t afford something.”

An excerpt of an infringement notice sent to a parents. Source: Quest News

“It was passive-aggressive and unprofessional”

Fellow mum Bernadette Easton has also hit back after her son went to school with non-regulation shoes.

She said that she felt the school’s response was “passive-aggressive and unprofessional”.

Bernadette went on to say that many families are struggling to make ends meet after losing work during the coronavirus pandemic.

She said she wished the school had been more empathic to this – and instead focused on catching kids up on missed school work rather than berating them over uniform violations.

“They can’t refuse my kids an education over hair colour and shoes”, mum Kiara Lace Davey added.

 

Why we have a uniform policy

While Principal Clint Curran did say that he understood the community was hurting, he left all major comments to the Education Department.

The Department said that dress codes reflect school community standards, adding that Edens Landing State School has “high academic and behaviour ideals and expectations” that are reflected in their uniform rules.

The department also said that these uniform requirements are regularly communicated to parents throughout the school year.

However, no students have been reprimanded or penalised for breaching the uniform policy.

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