Parents of the Cook Islands boy at the Moreton Australian Christian College skip school about haircut rule
Parents slammed a Christian school after being told that their five-year-old son should have his or her face REMOVED – even though it is a family tradition
- The Queensland family says they were told that their son should cut his long hair
- In Cook Island, cutting hair is a transition ritual for young boys
- Australian Christian College said that all students should follow the school rules
A director of a private school favors that a five-year-old boy on Cook Island cannot have long hair, even if it is part of his culture.
A family from Queensland says that Cyrus Taniela was told to follow school rules and cut his hair during his first week of preparation.
The family has been planning a traditional haircut for the boy’s seventh birthday for years and was planning to invite 100 family members.
A family from Queensland says they were told that Cyrus Taniela (photo) had to follow school rules and cut his hair during his first week of preparation
In Cook Island culture, cutting a boy’s hair is a transition ritual for the first time, although there is no fixed age for the ceremony.
Australian Christian College Moreton said Director Gary Underwood has spent time in the Cook Islands and “is an enthusiastic advocate of Islanders and their customs.”
In a statement on its Facebook page, the school also said: “By respecting the College’s policies, procedures and guidelines, the College can be consistent across its many cultural groups.”
Mr. Underwood said that all students should follow school policies, which requires that all boys’ hair be neat and tidy and not hang over their faces.
‘Extreme styles’ such as ponytails and sandwiches, such as Cyrus wears, are not allowed.
The decision could open up the school for a complaint to the Queensland Human Rights Commission.
A complaint is something Archie Atiau, president of the Cook Islands Council of Queensland, says he supports.
Mr. Underwood said that all students should follow school policies, which requires that all boys’ hair be neat and tidy and not hang over their faces. Pictured: Cyrus and his sister
Atiau says he’s also worried about the boy’s mental health.
“Not only now, but also the long-term effects as he grows up and realizes that he has not had the chance (to hold the ceremony),” said Mr. Atiau.
“The family must decide when his hair is cut.”
Cyrus’ mother Wendy says that the family has been planning a traditional cutting ceremony for the boy’s seventh birthday for years.
She said it would be a big expense to bring forward the ceremony that is planned in Sydney and in which more than 100 family members participate.
“(The Director) said, can’t you just bring the ceremony forward?” Mrs. Taniela told the Cook Islands News.
“But this costs a lot of money and we have other family obligations. We do not all drive in BMWs. “
Cyrus’s father, Jason, wanted to continue the hair tradition because it meant so much to him, Mrs. Taniela told the news.