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Schoolboy punished for short haircut — after being told it was too long

Too short: Jonathan's new haircut left his school unimpressed

A BAFFLED schoolboy has been punished by his school for cutting his hair too short — just a day after being told off because it was too long.

Jonathan Soares, 16, was told by teachers last Monday that his haircut, which featured short sides and a long, floppy fringe which he had sported for months, was too long.

The 16-year-old student duly got a £10 trim that night at his local hairdresser and had the sides ‘shaved faded’ and the top and fringe cut shorter.

But the following day he was stunned when a teacher at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy in Norfolk told him off for his ‘meet me at McDonalds’ haircut.

The teenager, from Great Yarmouth, was punished for his new do and was put in isolation for the rest of the week where he was forced to work alone.

Jonathan’s mum was outraged by the school’s decision to isolate her son and is worried this will now effect his GCSEs which he is set to take at the end of the year.

The long and short of it: Jonathan was punished for his ‘meet me at McDonalds’ haircut PICTURES: SWNS

The youngster’s mum, Sophia Soares, 35, said: ‘It’s ridiculous. It seems to me like they are making an example out of Jonathan.

‘I understand that they need to have the correct uniform and look smart but there are no patterns in it and it’s not an outrageous colour — it’s just a short back and sides.

‘In my eyes, how he chooses to have his hair cut is up to him.’

Jonathan now fears he may not get his place at sixth form college next year if he gets excluded in his final months at the school.

A spokesman for the Inspiration Trust, which runs a range of schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, including the academy, said pupils and parents are aware of the school’s guidelines and know the risks if they went against them.