Mum slams school after daughter excluded in ‘row over Primark trouser button’

A schoolgirl was put in isolation over the position of a button on her Primark trousers, her furious mum claims.

Maddison Buckle, 13, was excluded from Sirius Academy North in Hull on November 3 after mum Jessica Buckle, 35, told her to come home instead of going into isolation.

The school then sent them a letter referring to “defiance and truancy”, Hull Live reports.

Ms Buckle said: "Today they excluded my daughter from school for having a button on her trousers.

“It's because the button is at the side, rather than in the middle. They class them as leggings but they are not tight."

Ms Buckle says Maddison has worn the very same trousers since the start of the school year in September, and does not understand why they were suddenly a problem after the half term break.

She added: "They also had a problem with her black shoes because they had a frill on the front, that wasn’t acceptable, they had to be plain black.

"Then I get a threatening letter stating she was truant from school so I could face a fine and parent order through court, yet in this same letter they said they excluded her the same day.

"So she hasn't been truanting. The letter states that they excluded her, so how she can she be truant when they excluded her?"

The letter, seen by Hull Live, said Ms Buckle had a "duty" to ensure Maddison was not present in a public place within the Academy during the exclusion afternoon, and warns of a fine from the local authority if Maddison entered the Academy during the specified time.

Ms Buckle said Maddison was never in trouble in Year Seven and Eight, but after starting back at school following lockdown in September, there had been "one thing after another."

She added: "I'm sick to my back teeth of that school.

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"I sent my daughter in a beautiful school dress, it was black and knee-length and couldn't be pulled up, with a shirt, tie and blazer, but a teacher put their hands on the skirt and attempted to pull said skirt down to prove a point that it should be below the knee.

"Obviously I was furious because if this wasn't a school dress it could well have been pulled down an caused major embarrassment.”

After the alleged incident with the dress, Ms Buckle and Maddison's stepdad had a meeting with the school, where she claims she was reassured no teacher would "touch" her daughter again.

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Ms Buckle said she agreed to give the school "the benefit of the doubt", but just two days into the new term Maddison found herself in isolation again.

She is now considering pulling her daughter out of the school and home-schooling her instead.

A spokesperson for the school said: "We cannot comment on individual cases, however we do discuss individual concerns with parents and we have done that in this case.

"We will listen to parents and if they have any concerns we will talk to them and we will do everything we can to resolve them.”

The Daily Star has approached the school for comment.

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