Lexi Pickerill likes to wear winged eyeliner (Image: Supplied)
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A school put a 13-year-old pupil into isolation over her make-up, with her mum accusing the institution of "discrimination".
Lexi Pickerill likes to wear eye shadow and winged eyeliner for her lessons and her mum says she has an "alternative" sense of style.
The teenager, however, was segregated from her classmates at The Orme Academy, in Wolstanton, Staffordshire, for breaking the uniform policy on June 6, Stoke on Trent Live reports.
Yesterday, Lexi decided to walk out of school after being told to go into isolation for a second day and her mum, who supported her decision, said the student was also threatened with being excluded.
Lexi's mum, who insisted on remaining anonymous, said her daughter is "more alternative in her style".
She said: "She doesn't wear any foundation, she just likes to put on eye shadow and winged eyeliner. But she keeps getting pulled up at school for it because there is a rule of only minimal and natural make-up.
The student was put into isolation at The Orme Academy in Wolstanton
"But there is a trend at the moment with girls who wear heavy make up with really thick, drawn on eyebrows and contouring and they aren't asked to remove theirs. I see them walking to the school like that every day.
"So Lexi refused to remove the eyeliner and unfortunately she was put into reflection, which is another word for isolation, all day. I gave her consent that if they try to put her in isolation again to walk out of school."
The mum said yesterday a teacher told Lexi to remove her make-up as soon as she got to the school gates.
And when the pupil asked why she was being treated differently from others, the teacher told her other girls did not have heavy make-up on them.
Lexi's mum, 36, said: "It's OK for the other girls to break the rules because a lot of them are doing it and look the same. But because Lexi does her makeup differently and stands out she is being singled out."
Lexi said she feels upset and singled out
When she refused to remove the eyeliner, the teenager left school and returned home.
The parent said Lexi missed school because of the coronavirus lockdown and her education is now being interrupted "over something as petty as eyeliner".
The pupil's mum feels the school should allow their pupils to express themselves but says instead it is run like an "army camp".
She said: "The makeup rule is not being followed across the board.
"If they put everyone in isolation for not following the makeup rule it would be the majority of girls in the school, but it's just Lexi being punished.
"They are stopping kids from expressing their identities. The school talks about mental health and teaching people to be yourself but then they are removing things that are part of who they are.
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"There's no health and safety risk when wearing eyeliner, but they are affecting my daughter's mental health by dictating what she can and can't wear.
"I think pupils should be allowed to express themselves as long as it's not affecting their learning or health and safety. I don't see why there's a problem.
"We're in the 21st century, but the school is going backwards instead of forwards.
"Lexi is a very caring child, with brilliant manners, she tries her best in school and should be seen as a good example. But because she's different they don't want that, they want her to look exactly the same as everyone else.
"The school is absolutely terrible and they need to realise the impact they can have on students' mental health.
"I've brought it up to the school on numerous occasions, but I just get told that I signed a contract when I signed her up for the school."
Lexi says the school's "unfair" make-up rules have left her "upset".
She added: "I feel like the teachers single me out. It makes me unhappy."
Mark Boughey, principal at The Orme Academy, said: "We have high and clear expectations here at The Orme Academy that we apply consistently to all students.
"It would be inappropriate to comment on individual students."