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'The Equality Act undermines school discipline by empowering the stroppy teenager of colour.'

Ruby Williams was 14 years old and in attendance at Urswick School in Hackney East London. Ruby was sent home and probably terribly upset that her Afro hairstyle was against their uniform policy.

The case was taken to court and Ruby Williams now 18, was awarded £8,500 following an Equality Act case against her school. This is an issue about the ‘hair on her head’. Following the court case Barrister, Jon Holbrook said.

'The Equality Act undermines school discipline by empowering the stroppy teenager of colour.'

The barrister should have known better. Each year there have been numerous legislations passed. Because of the number of laws passed I understand that it is difficult to keep up. However, in this sentence Barrister Jon Holbrook has left himself wide open to scrutiny.

This is not acceptable.

Recently, I was pulled up on a word that I had used by my granddaughters. In my era, the word would not have been regarded in the same context as it is now. Different era different time. I'm not going to share the word, however; I was shamed and took on board that the word is one 'not used' anymore.

I'm glad it was brought to attention by their mother, who I have high regard. It's OK, to listen, take on board and apologise for the error if you did not know that 'certain words' are no longer acceptable in schools and the society that we live in. Granddaughter’s, Nanny stands tall and corrected.

But Barrister Jon Holbrook, you work in an environment that fundamentally is built on rules and laws. The example must come from the top to continue with the change that will make life better and equal for everyone.

Giving thanks that there is a high percentage of those working at the bar do not agree with the statement you have made.



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