"I could understand a trim to make it so he was within dress code but she cut his bangs off at a choppy angle."
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When it comes to dress code, how far should a school be allowed to go to enforce their rules?
One mum in the US has divided the internet after complaining about her son's awful haircut, given to him by a teacher without her permission.
The mum, Amy Martin took to social media to share what had happened to her 16-year-old son. She explained that the school had told her that her son needed a haircut and she said that she had intended to get him one and had tried and failed three times to take him to an appointment due to various reasons.
"It's not his fault, it's mine," she wrote.
Amy says that her son's teacher decided to take matters into her own hands and gave her son a haircut.
"I could understand a trim to make it so he was within dress code but she cut his bangs off at a choppy angle.
"She made him look like Jim Carrey in Dumb or Dumber but worse."
Picture: Amy Martin Facebook
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The mum was furious
"I called the principal and she had a lot of excuses blaming my son.
"She said he looked down. There's no way that explains the awful haircut."
She explained that the principal had apologised to her and offered to take her son to get his hair fixed. But it seemed that just made things worse.
"I don't have a car or the money so I was thinking great and that would be the end of it," Amy wrote. "He came back crying again.
"He said the principal just told him how it was his fault and belittled him the whole time.
"It's a real small town, there were people they know there. He is humiliated."
Amy says she has called the police and asked to file a report but they've told her that the best they can do is to have the incident investigated by a campus officer (someone who works within the school).
While plenty of people were outraged at the boy's treatment there were some who felt like the young man shouldn't be above the rules.
"Just curious if you and your son read the student handbook," commented one person. "There is information in there that all parents and students need to know. All the do’s and don’ts are in there. Not everyone agrees on these guidelines but they are there. We may not like it but that’s the rules."
"Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." - Oscar Wilde
"It's part of the rules, it was like this when we went there, but kids think they can do what they want," agreed another. "Just get a hair cut and shave like you're told. We all had to do it, what makes this kid more important than us?"
What do you think? Did this school go too far?