IT WAS fun and games at the weekend when mother Janine Brookes dyed her 13-year-old daughter, Brooke Dawes', hair green.

But at school yesterday it was a different story.

Walking between classes at Gladstone State High School, Brooke was told by a teacher to go to detention for not complying with the school's dress code.

Janine Brooks wants Gladstone State High School staff to be consistent and not single out her daughter Brooke Dawes, 13. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Janine Brooks wants Gladstone State High School staff to be consistent and not single out her daughter Brooke Dawes, 13. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA230516HAIR

Janine was called and was furious because her daughter had been isolated from her friends and classroom for having dye in her hair.

"I'm sick of the school preaching policies and falling short of their own," she said.

"(Brooke) should be learning, not getting in trouble because she has green hair."

Janine said Brooke had gone to school with red and purple in her hair before and never had a problem.

"They need to be consistent with their policies," she said.

Brooke said she liked her hair and so did her friends and she did not know why she was singled out.

"I don't want to change it," she said. But she might have to, with an education spokesperson saying the school has clearly outlined dress codes.

"The dress code clearly explains and documents standards of acceptable or reasonable dress in relation to: clothing worn by students, including headwear and footwear; and other aspects of personal presentation of students, including coloured hair," the statement read.

"Students who do not meet the standards outlined in the dress code are dealt with under the school's responsible behaviour plan."

But Janine said yesterday afternoon that Brooke had been given a note allowing her to keep the green for a week.

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Lara James - As long as she is learning who gives a damn what her hair colour is! Gladstone state high school is a pathetic school! It's funny how they care about the colour of someone's hair yet couldn't care less about someone who was abused by a teacher in their school. I was abused and am left with severe whiplash, with no punishment to the teacher and have tried both the education department and police and still nothing! September will be 5 years on and I'm still struggling with it everyday! All the teacher got was a slap on the wrist even after admitting he done if to other kids just not injuring them. Not to mention all the other stories I've heard from that school!

Lisa Marie - I understand its just hair... but I think these rules are also in place to prevent bullying and so students looks tidy and respectable. Kids need rules. Theyve Got all school holidays to die hair etc.
Tanya Perry It's in the rules and regulations of GSHS when you enrolled your child, it states that coloured hair like that is goes against school policy. How about teach your child to be an individual by improving her self esteem and encouraging great marks. All I see is you break the rules then cry when the school stands firm on their policy. Poor call Mum!

Loretta Rhoden - Been there done this before. Who really cares what colour their hair is. They are sent to school to learn not be punished for their hair. And if they are going to dictate this well then everyone in the school should be made follow the rules. Teachers and admin even down to the cleaners and yard people they should not be able to have any hair colours. Piecings. Tattoos. Makeup. All should be plain not just the students

Michelle Cox - Rules are rules. Why do parents and children think it's ok to go against the rules then carry on if they get into trouble. The school probably didn't need to give detention,(over the top) but speak with the parent and student about it privately.

Kayler-ree Griffiths - Kids cannot get tattoos, or piercings until a certain age.. What's the big deal about a awesome hair style that's bringing out there artistic side! It's not affecting her education what so ever, leave her alone!
I think more kids should be allowed to wear there hair how ever they want!
This honey would be able to get a job with hair like that, so what's the big deal

Nadine Stringer - Shes wearing the uniform. What you choose to do with your own body and hair should be your own choice and style. We live in such an over regulated time. Let the kids express themselves. If they turn up and learn isnt that what matters. Judgemental opinions of this girls hair are bullying and suppressive.

Nicole Marie - That is harsh. When I was in year 11 in 1999 at Toolooa I had bright Pink hair. And the school at least gave me a week to do something about it. They never isolated me or suspended me.
Just said they wanted the pink gone in a week. So I got to rock my short pink hair for the week and by that weekend I put a brown in my hair.

Kara Quinn - It's not about the colour of the hair it's the morals and principal behind it of teaching students how to follow rules! There are plenty of rules or legislation in place that are silly and we don't agree with but they still need to be followed and respected...... Rules are rules simple!!!

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