This is Anthony Mousiou, 12, from St Albans.
The teachers are sticking by their decision.
Evi Mousiou, an electrician, is furious. He told SWNS news service:
It seems like they are picking on him – I have always felt he is being picked on. Their website shows pictures of boys with the hair he has been banned from having.
He normally has it cut every week because he likes to be groomed and keep himself nice. They cut it short and blend it up to the top.
It's not an extreme haircut – who sets these guidelines?
The school's headteacher defended the rules to ITV News.
He told the broadcaster:
At the start of the school year, when he joined us, we reminded Anthony of the school rules regarding haircuts, because his hair was a 0.5 grade, much shorter than the rules allowed. ...
The head of year called Anthony's father to explain the situation. Mr Mousiou decided to take Anthony out of school rather than accept the sanction.
Mr Mousiou kept Anthony out of school against our wishes for nearly three weeks.
Like every school, we have our own set of rules, standards, and expectations and it is very important that these rules are consistently applied.
This is also the first time that we have had a parent respond in this manner.
Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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