Schoolgirl, 11, pulled out of class and ‘made to face wall’ over ‘tiny’ earrings she wears to help cope with loss of dad

A mum was left fuming after her daughter was pulled out of class over a ‘tiny’ pair of earrings which help her feel ‘grounded and safe’.

India Lloyd, 11, lost her dad to suicide three years ago and has struggled to deal with the loss.

She has worn the earrings which contain a fragment of diamond from her great-grandmother’s engagement ring since she was two years old.

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Her mum Geraldine Lloyd told the Liverpool Echo India has been having counselling and having the earrings keep her from feeling overwhelmed and make her ‘feel safe’.

India wore her earrings through all of primary school and Mrs Lloyd had not anticipated any issue with it when India started year seven this summer at The Prescot School on Merseyside.

India Lloyd’s earring

But the school changed its policy this term to ban pupils from wearing all forms of jewellery, having previously allowed small ear studs.

Mrs Lloyd has been in dialogue with senior teachers at the school for several weeks and had initially been happy to cover the earrings with plaster or tape but was told on Monday that they would not be permitted under any circumstance.

India told the ECHO : “I came in from break and the teacher was waiting outside the place where we go into art lessons and told me to wait outside.

“They took me to the removal room and told me to sit down, and they read me the removal room rules.

“I got told I had to face forward and I couldn’t turn around.

“I was quite sad and upset because my earrings make me feel safe, but I didn’t want to miss any school because I like it.”

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India sent her mum a text to let her know what had happened.

Mrs Lloyd said: “She told me she had to face the front and couldn’t look around, and she had not been given any work to do or any lessons.

“I went straight down to the school and said ‘I am taking my child out of there’. I would rather her be at home with me than staring at a wall in there doing nothing.

“I was so angry because they pulled her out of art and she loves art.

“I just don’t think they are taking into account what she has been going through. She has been to hell and back in the past few years, and the earrings keep her grounded and make her feel safe.

“The earrings are so tiny, you can barely notice them. They told me they need to prepare the children for adulthood but this is not doing that, you are allowed to wear studs in a job when you work.

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“I just think the the school need to re-look at the whole outcome and their policies when the child has been allowed to wear the earrings from the age of 2-11.

“No policy is set in stone and there can always be allowances.”

A spokesperson for The Prescot School said: “At the start of any school year, but particularly after the challenges of Covid, it is important that we set out school expectations to ensure that our community is a happy place where every child is able to thrive.

“That is why we have made a significant effort to evolve our standards and expectations, all of which were communicated in advance of the summer break.

“We are delighted that students have come back so focused, and the atmosphere in the school has been really calm. That is, in part, down to us having much clearer boundaries about what is and isn’t allowed. Not only do we want to ensure that the rules are applied fairly and consistently, but we would also hate for such an important item to be lost.

“We will continue to support the student in any way that we can.”

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