Because of the acrylic screws
Excluding 70 students from graduation
70 schoolgirls have been banned from their graduation ceremony in Sydney. The girls had to wait in a separate room and were not allowed to receive their diplomas on stage. Absurd reason: acrylic nails.
Dozens of students at a secondary school in Australia were not allowed to celebrate with anyone else at their graduation ceremony (icon).
Graduation is usually the most exciting day for students. Some of the tenth grade girls at Mackellar Girls Campus, a secondary school in Sydney, Australia, dressed up specifically for the special day and had long acrylic fake nails in a subtle colour. But going to the nail salon was then fatal for girls, writes the Australian portal News.com.au.
Apparently, the school administration did not enjoy the girls’ manicures and initially placed them in a separate room from the main hall. According to the parents, there should have been a total of 70 girls. There the schoolgirls were first instructed about the rules of dress and appearance. Glued nails is clearly not one of them.
After only an hour, about 20 female students were allowed to sit in the main hall. However, their names were not mentioned at the awards ceremony.
“It’s kind of a double standard.”
Parents do not understand the school’s decision. One mother says, “This is bullying and a form of intimidation and exclusion for these girls, and you can’t do that anymore in this day and age.” Many of the dads had taken extra time off to be at the party — and then their daughters weren’t even mentioned. “After four years of study, it feels like it’s never been there before.”
She doesn’t understand why teachers were allowed to wear bright red nail polish, but pupils were denied natural-colored acrylic nails for this special occasion. “I think that’s a slight double standard.” The mother hopes that this will not happen again in the future. The story spread on social media and did not go unnoticed by the Ministry of Education.
As News.com.au wrote, the department considers the school’s actions to be “totally unjustified”. The authorities now want to discuss the issue with the school administration. Meanwhile, it is not clear if the 70 schoolgirls were excluded from the celebration. The ministry assumes 57 girls, while the parents insist on 70. (lrc)
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