Facial hair at college?

A Kapiti College student is fighting for the right to be allowed to have facial hair at school.

NZH: Kapiti College student fights high school beard ban

Senior students at Kapiti College get to wear mufti and makeup to school.

But according to one pupil, if they turn up with facial hair they’re hauled out of class and forced to shave with “budget” equipment.

Year 13 student Anthony McEwen has started a petition to change rules he says were set out by the school’s board of trustees.

“In Kapiti College, the board of trustees say that no student is allowed to have facial hair,” the petition reads.

McEwen said if students came to school with a beard, moustache or stubble, they were “forced to shave with budget shaving equipment during critical learning time”.

“If Year 13 students are allowed to wear mufti, how come they are not allowed to have natural hair that grows on their face?” McEwen wrote.

I can remember back in the day that (head) hair touching your ears was at least strongly discouraged. No one tried beards then.

“I want to get enough support for my petition so I can show the board of trustees that there is nothing wrong [with] having facial hair.”

The petition, started a month ago on website change.org, has gathered 353 signatures.

Upon reaching 500, it will be delivered to board member Tony Kane, according to the website.

The petition: Kapiti College (Year 13 Facial Hair Allowed)

There are currently 556 supporters.