A mum is furious after getting into an argument with her daughter’s head teacher over school trousers.
According to DerbyshireLive, Michelle Doyle pulled her child, Libbi, out of Merrill Academy, in Derby, after teachers insisted her trousers looked like leggings.
The single mum went into the school to complain, but was asked to leave by head teacher, Jo Harlow.
Later that night, police arrived at Miss Doyle’s house after the school accused her of “aggressive and threatening behaviour” on the school premises.
The 42-year-old carer admitted to swearing, but denied threatening any staff.
The incident took place on Monday morning (February 24), and left her so angry she decided to pull her 11-year-old daughter out of the school permanently.
Describing the school as “a pure joke”, Miss Doyle said her daughter had been wearing the £6 Asda trousers since September, “but suddenly she’s not allowed them”.
She added: “It’s really upset her. I went to the school with a friend to ask for an explanation but they wouldn’t give me one. The head teacher then came out and said I needed to leave the premises.
“I was so angry when they escorted us off the premises that I said ‘the school’s s***’ and that my daughter ‘won’t be coming back’.
“Later on, the police came to my property and said I’d been accused of aggressive and threatening behaviour.
“Out of frustration, I did swear – but I didn’t threaten anyone.
“I’m so angry about it that I’ve decided to pull Libbi out of the school. I’ve already started applying to get her into Noel-Baker or Chellaston Academy. In the meantime, I’ll provide her with some lessons at home.”
Miss Doyle insists Libby’s trousers are smart and she can’t believe the school’s stance on the situation.
She added: “Libbi’s really shook up by this. Pupils are made to queue up at the school entrance so teachers can check they’re dressed properly.
“It’s ridiculous. It wasn’t nice for Libbi when she was refused entry in front of everyone, especially as she suffers from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and anxiety.”
Miss Doyle also has a 15-year-old daughter at Merrill Academy. However, she is reluctant to pull her out of the school as she has already started her GCSE courses.
“It’s easier to find Libbi a new school as she’s only in Year 7,” Miss Doyle explained.
Merrill Academy was approached for comment and a spokesperson said: “Due to the nature of the parent engagement with staff, this is now a police matter. Therefore, we cannot comment any further.”
Derbyshire Constabulary said it was aware of the dispute. A spokesperson said: “An officer was at the school that day on an unrelated matter and was asked by staff to hep diffuse the situation.
“The officer later visited the child’s home to offer further advice. We have now left the matter in the hands of the school.”
It’s not the first time police have been called out to the school, after an incident took place in January this year.
Three pupils from the school were assaulted in an incident thought to be racially motivated.
The pupils, boys aged 11, 12 and 13, were attacked by another group of youths on a canal path.
At the time, the school said it was assisting police with their investigation.