A cash-strapped dad staged a blockade outside of his daughter’s school after teachers put her in isolation for not having a blazer. Fuming father Phil Young, of 15-year-old schoolgirl Leah, believes his daughter is being victimised because the family cannot afford to buy her a new blazer after she outgrew her former tattered jacket.
The teen has missed lessons for her GCSEs after being put in isolation for turning up to school in a leather jacket. Her angry father Phil Young said every spare penny the family has is being spent on travel to Oxford for his wife Carol’s therapy after she was diagnosed with cancer. The family, who are on benefits, say every time Leah turns up to school in her leather jacket she is taken out of normal lessons and put into isolation.
On Wednesday morning he parked his car at the gates of the school in a bid to prevent staff driving onto the site. He said: “I’m not having her stuck in isolation when she has done nothing wrong. Last month we asked whether she could have a new blazer. They said they would buy half of it. But we are on benefits and my wife is being treated for cancer.” The family told the school every spare penny was being spent on travel to Oxford for wife Carol’s therapy and they could not afford to spend the extra £16.50 – half the cost of a new blazer.