5 year-old schoolgirl told to remove wig over health and safety fears

Mum left furious after 5 year-old daughter was told by teachers to take off her wig over health and safety fears

A five-year-old schoolgirl from St Helens who suffers from a hair loss condition, has been asked by her teachers to remove her wig over health and safety fears.

Whilst taking part in a PE lesson at her primary school, Apryl Corbett was asked to take her wig off during the lesson because it could be dangerous for the other pupils if it fell off.

The 5 year-old’s mum, Lianne, aged 27, was left furious with the school after the incident.

5 year-old schoolgirl told to remove her wig over health and safety fears

A 5 year-old schoolgirl from St Helens who suffers from alopecia made to remove wig by teachers over health and safety fears © Copyright Sue Adair and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Mum and daughter both suffer with alopecia and Lianne said that Apryl was left “humiliated” after she was told by teachers that her wig was “not part of her school uniform”.

5 year-old Apryl has been suffering from alopecia for a year now and has 14 bald patches.

Apryl’s mum Lianne noticed her daughter was suffering from alopecia after seeing a bald patch but kept it to herself for a while but other children saw the patch.

Young Apryl begged her Mum for a wig so that the other children would not “call her names again”.

According to Apryl’s mum, the school said that Apryl was more than happy to take her wig off but when they got home, Apryl said how sad she was because she didn’t want anybody to see her hair.

Apryl wore a hat when she returned to school after the Christmas holidays but was told to take it off, so her Mum bought the wig for her daughter. Only half an hour into the school day, Lianne received a phone call from staff telling her the wig was “not school uniform”.

Lianne told the school she wasn’t happy about it and to stop any bullying she would take Apryl home.

“They were persistent that she could not wear it,” said Lianne, who is now thinking of removing her daughter from the school permanently.

Please click here to find out more about our health and safety services.