A seven-year-old boy was put into isolation for having lines shaved into his hair – by a headteacher with a bright pink barnet.
Lucian Smith’s parents allowed him to have the cut during Easter hoping it would grow back by term time.
But when he turned up to lessons he was immediately isolated at break times over the ‘inappropriate’ style.
His parents have accused headteacher Jane Bass – whose hair is dyed pink – of being "hypocritical".
Dad Darren Smith, 40, said: "It’s completely a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’.
"We’re not judgemental people and couldn’t give a monkeys what colour people choose to dye their hair."
"But if you take on a job as a teacher, you become a big influence and you have to take responsibility for your own rules.
"You can’t tell the kids to do one thing while you’re swanning around doing the complete opposite.
"It’s completely hypocritical."
Fire alarm engineer Darren and his partner Stephanie Harman, 35, take full responsibility for Lucian’s haircut.
They understand it breaches school rules at Templars Academy, in Witham, Essex, but feel he has been unfairly "scapegoated".
The couple, from nearby Heybridge, have now pulled him out of classes and plan to send him to another school.
In a statement, Ms Bass said: "Connected Learning Multi Academy Trust has a uniform policy in place, across five schools, which is reviewed regularly and outlines all expected appearance.
“This is easily accessible to parents, via the school website or school office.
“Each year we ask parents to sign a home school agreement that states they will support the school with its policies, including the uniform policy.
“This pupil’s parents signed in November 2017."
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