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Editor’s Comment: Portland are wrong over charity badge ban

Picture shows Kayleigh Handshaw 14 and mother Deborah Handshaw of Worksop
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Kayleigh a pupil at Outwood Academy, Worksop has been suspended along with around 60 other pupils for wearing cancer support badges. Kayleigh recently lost her aunt and has been wearing the badge as a sign of respect to her. 

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

Picture shows Kayleigh Handshaw 14 and mother Deborah Handshaw of Worksop See Ross Parry copy RPYBADGE Kayleigh a pupil at Outwood Academy, Worksop has been suspended along with around 60 other pupils for wearing cancer support badges. Kayleigh recently lost her aunt and has been wearing the badge as a sign of respect to her. rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

 

I was left speechless when I discovered that Outwood Academy Portland had suspended pupils for wearing charity badges.

In this column last week I was lavishing praise on the school, and the turnaround it has made, but I’m afraid on this particular issue the leadership have got it badly wrong.

These badges exist to raise the profile and awareness of good causes.

They are intended to be worn, to be displayed proudly.

If a young person chooses to wear one, then it is too their credit. It certainly isn’t something to be punished for.

The school should hold their hands up and admit they made a mistake, and revoke the ban immediately.

 

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