A 17-year-old high school student and aspiring musician from Carlisle, UK, Emily Reay, says that she was turned away from her high school following the Easter holiday due to her “ginger” hair color, and she won’t be allowed back until she dyes it a more natural color. The ban comes just weeks before the self-proclaimed natural auburn’s “A-levels,” which are apparently the British equivalent of final exams.
UK Metro spoke to Emily and her family about the school’s decision:
Emily, a talented musician, said: “When they told me I just burst into tears – I was so angry. I’ve had the same colour for the past three years, and nobody at school has commented on it. Everyone knows me as that ‘young ginger singer’. If I had to dye my hair brown, I would lose that.”
Her parents Julie and Andy went to the school to discuss the matter with sixth-form headteacher Andrew Winter. Julie, 44, said: “The school’s uniform policy clearly states no unnatural hair colours, like blue or green. Is ginger not a natural hair colour?”
To be fair to the school’s policies, the Mirror has pictures of Emily and her mother, and that’s clearly an ombre she’s rocking, which is in no way a hair coloring found in nature. But to be fair to Emily, her school’s policy is dumb. Hey, here’s a solution! Emily dyes her hair a more subdued color of red, she gets to go back to school, the school is happy, Emily is happy, and when she graduates in a year, she can dye her hair whatever damn color she wants. The end. Now, was that so hard?
Anyway, here’s a video of one of Emily’s songs from her YouTube account. Kid’s got some pipes on her!