School, parents slug it out in a hair-raising battle

School, parents slug it out in a hair-raising battle

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-10 21:05 Bengaluru: In a bizarre battle between superstition and discipline, a private school in the city reportedly is refusing to let a boy admitted to the nursery section enter the classroom after the parents refused to cut the kid’s hair as insisted by the school principal.The incident occurred at St. Vincent Pallotti School in Babusapalya near Banaswadi. The parents refuse to accept the school’s demand, as they are convinced that cutting the boy’s hair would lead to his death. But the school management is not ready to buy the argument. It says the boy would be permitted to enter the class only if his hair is cut.The parents say the principal had asked the parents to get the boy a hair cut right at the time of admission. But they did not budge. Fr. Paul D'SouzaPrincipal Fr. Paul D'Souza said the school had not cancelled the boy's admission. “It is a superstitious belief. We cannot allow such practices inside the classroom. We will allow the kid once he cuts his hair,” said the principal.The school’s stance forced the parents to stage a protest in front of the school on Friday. But with the school and the parents refusing to budge, the kid’s ordeal is certain to get prolonged.