The infamous hair-bow that forced this four-year-old to sit out of her school photo.

The infamous hair-bow that forced this four-year-old to sit out of her school photo.

The battle of the school dress code has been waged between students, parents and teachers for generations but do some schools take these standards too far?

Four-year-old Marcello Marino from Kent in England, excitedly asked her hairdresser father to style her hair ‘like a princess’ on the morning of her class photo.

It isn’t a hair braid, it is quite simply a knot in the shape of a bow, and I should know because I’m a hairdresser. 

But the hairstyle, which swept her long blonde hair up into a uniquely styled bow became a contentious topic once she lined up with her peers to be photographed.

Marcello was forced to sit out of her school photograph and left in tears when her hair-bow was labelled a braid and deemed in breach of the school’s strict dress code which forbids students from wearing braids along with lightly coloured hair bands and ribbons.

Her father, 42-year-old Mr Marino was ‘shocked’ to learn that his hairstyle was considered a braid.

'It isn’t a hair braid, it is quite simply a knot in the shape of a bow, and I should know because I’m a hairdresser,’ he told the United Kingdom's Daily Mail.

A 14-year-old American student was also recently chastised for her appearance that resulted in her father being called to school to deliver a change of clothes.

Alarmed that he had failed to notice his daughter’s outfit that morning he brought along a camera to document the extent to which she was inappropriately dressed (see photo below).

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The skirt that she was wearing was deemed half an inch too short by the school’s standards but her father failed to see what was so wrong with its length.

What do you think? Do schools take these standards too far or has your child ever been in a similar situation? Discuss with other members on the Essential Kids Forums.