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Doncaster mum’s fury after son given detention for ‘not wearing school badge’

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A frustrated Doncaster mum has slammed her son’s school for allegedly giving him detention over a house pin badge.

Stacey Ritchie, from Conisbrough, said it is “ridiculous” her child is being punished over the small badge that makes up part of the uniform at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy in Edlington.

Her son Thomas, 14, went to school without it after mum Stacey removed it to wash his blazer.

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Because he wasn’t wearing the badge, which displays his house name, Stacey claims the school gave Thomas an hour’s detention after school – a punishment she slammed as ‘ridiculous’.

She claims Thomas had also accepted the replacement badge a teacher offered him.



Thomas forgot to wear his house badge to school
Thomas forgot to wear his house badge to school

She refused to let her son attend the hour-long detention, even though the school allegedly said he would have to go to one the next day if he didn’t.

She explained: “I’m refusing to let him stay for the detention. I find it ridiculous that it is over a badge.

“If he wasn’t doing his work, then I could understand, or if he wasn’t good with his attitude or his behaviour in school, then absolutely fine, he’s had detentions before for silliness, but a badge that’s on his blazer that tells him his house name, I don’t think that is grounds to stand on for a detention.”

The concerned mum also claims the school did not inform her Thomas was supposed to stay late and that her son had to risk further punishment by sneakily using his phone to tell her his younger brother would have to walk home alone.

She says Thomas and her younger son Alife, 11, who both attend the same school, normally walk home together for safety reasons when they can’t be collected by a guardian.

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“If their grandparents had gone they would be worrying,” she added.

Stacey said her son is normally careful to follow the uniform policy and grew upset just last week when he thought he might break it.

Realising he had forgotten his lanyard in the car on the way to school on Thursday, Thomas’ mum had to repeat the journey to collect it for him.

Stacey said: “You could see the panic in his face and he wouldn’t go in.”

Her youngest child was then late getting to her school, according to Stacey, who had wanted to make sure her son didn’t get a detention.

Sir Thomas Wharton Academy has been contacted for comment but has not yet responded.

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