Jermaine Welsh, 12, was wearing a black mask with a small Adidas logo (Picture: MEN Media)
A Grimsby schoolboy was told to remove his face mask because it had Adidas branding on it.
Jermaine Welsh, 12, wore the black face mask with a small white logo to Ormiston Maritime Academy for three weeks before being told it broke the school’s uniform policy.
Teachers had provided all students with a face covering after it became compulsory to wear one in secondary schools from the beginning of this half-term.
But Jermaine prefers his own over the ones provided, with the main difference being the logo. So he continued to wear the mask between classes for three weeks until he was told by a teacher it went against school policy and had to swap it for a disposable blue mask for the rest of the day.
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Jermaine’s mum, Lisa, was not told about the incident until she noticed her son had coloured in the white logo on his mask later in the week and asked him about it.
Lisa, 47, has since contacted the school and spoken to staff about, saying she does not see why branded masks are a problem.
She explained: ‘He told me he was told off earlier this week because of it.
‘I called the school first thing on Friday morning and when they got back to me, they explained it’s now compulsory for masks to be plain black as part of their uniform.
The school had provided its students with black masks but Jermaine preferred his own (Picture: MEN Media)
‘I’m not sure what to do now, because he’s been wearing that mask since the start of term without any teachers saying anything, and now it’s suddenly a problem.’
Lisa says she bought him that particular mask because she knew would wear it and that buying him one he liked would get him into the habit of putting it on.
Suggesting she just does not ‘get’ why it is a problem, she explained that the conversation with her son was the first time she had heard about the change in school policy.
Lisa continued: ‘It’s not like uniform has ever been a problem for him, this is the first time we’ve had an issue with it.
‘Some kids don’t even like wearing masks, I see it all the time working in a shop, but he wants to wear it, which was delightful for me to hear, I just don’t see how a logo on a mask makes that big of a difference.’
She added: ‘They’ve brought it in as part of the uniform, but it’s a mask! It’s only worn when they’re in the corridors and the main priority is to keep people safe.
‘There’s much worse things going on in the world at the moment than worrying about a small logo on a mask.’
A spokesperson for Ormiston Maritime Academy said: ‘The high standards we uphold as an Academy are reflected in all areas of school life.
‘In November, the decision was taken to introduce masks to enhance our robust health and safety measures.
‘This was promptly communicated with pupils and parents, along with the provision of a free reusable mask, advice on how keep the mask clean and hygienic, and guidelines regarding other suitable options for face coverings, including plain back masks or daily disposal masks, should pupils wish to supply their own.’
They continued: ’So far, pupils and parents have responded positively to this additional health and safety measure but on the small number of occasions where masks have not been compliant with these guidelines, we have worked with our pupils and parents to rectify this as swiftly as possible.’
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