NO SCHOOL TODAY: Jasmine Turner, 13, was suspended from her Ipswich school because her shoes were not made of leather.
NO SCHOOL TODAY: Jasmine Turner, 13, was suspended from her Ipswich school because her shoes were not made of leather. Sarah Harvey

Student, 13, booted out over shoes

AN IPSWICH schoolgirl was suspended for not wearing the correct black shoes, but her parents say the school's students can wear whatever shoes they like.

Bundamba State Secondary College Year Nine student Jasmine Turner was given a two-day suspension this week, but education officials say the ban was not uniform related.

Anthony Turner, the pupil's father, said his daughter was told to wear all black shoes to school after donning a pair of canvas shoes with white soles.

Mr Turner bought a pair of all black shoes with a black sole for Jasmine to wear on Wednesday, only to be told by a teacher they weren't the right shoes and that she was suspended.

The shoe issue had been brewing since the school year began, with Jasmine given detentions because of her choice of footwear on a daily basis.

Mr Turner said he was aware the shoes were an issue, but was not notified by the school.

"I should have been contacted before any of this happened because it should be a parental issue anyway, because the parents buy the uniform," he said.

"She can wear whatever shoes she wants if I write a letter."

Metropolitan Region Regional Director Chris Ryder said the school's uniform policy states student's shoes must be "black leather or vinyl impervious".

Mr Turner argued his daughter could not be suspended for not wearing the correct uniform, but Mr Ryder said no student had been suspended for a uniform infringement.

Mr Ryder said principals can provide consequences for not adhering with the dress code, with punishments like detention and prevention from participating in activities among them.

"Students can be disciplined under the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students for non-compliance, or for refusing to follow reasonable instructions given to them by teachers," he said.

"If a family has difficulty meeting uniform requirements as stated in the dress code, they are encouraged to contact the principal to discuss their situation."

Mr Turner has met with BSSC principal Andrew Peach to clear the air since the suspension.

He has written a note excusing his daughter's footwear.

She wore a pair of black and white Vans to school yesterday.

The Turners spoke with staff of Ipswich West MP Sean Choat, who said suspending children from school because of incorrect uniform should be a last resort.

"I think you have to put faith in the school principal to make a judgment call and, in some instances, you have to say is enough but it should be a last resort,"

Mr Choat said.

"The school has to make every effort to speak to a parent or guardian."



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