A mother is determined to go to any lengths necessary, including declaring her son non-binary, after three schools told her she has to cut his long hair for the boy to comply with their regulations.
As London-based Bonnie Miller explained, her 8-year-old son Farouk James has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media thanks to his stunning long locks and she isn’t willing to let them get cut simply because of schools’ orders.
According to the mother, she’s willing to go as far as declaring her son non-binary in order to get Farouk excluded from the ban that prevents boys from having long hair.
As Miller added, her young son has previously traveled to Florence and New York to attend fashion shows and show of his gorgeous mane.
Thanks to his unique looks, the boy also has more than 260,000 followers on Instagram alone.
“We are told we are supposed to be tolerant, and embrace diversity. However this policy teaches children that they cannot be different,” the outraged mum said.
“Why are we teaching – at such a young age – that long hair means there is something wrong with these children? I thought ‘I have to do something about this, children’s mental health is more important.’”
And so, Miller has started a petition with the aim of encouraging the government to overrule schools’ ban on long hair for boys.
“Applying for a mixed school, I may just put him down as non-binary. I have been trying to think of loopholes, and think how can I get him in,” Miller added.
“The mixed schools I have been looking at have policies which clearly differentiate between boys and girls.”
As the upset mother added, Farouk is just as upset about the idea of having his hair cut as she is.
“Parents have shown me they have had to chop their child’s hair off, and the devastation it has caused. It’s a part of their identity. You are asking someone to take away a huge part of themselves, to fit in to what is socially expected,” she added.
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