A schoolboy has been withdrawn from lessons after his father refused to cut off his son's three-inch ponytail.
Connor Wallwork, 11, has sported the unusual hairstyle since he was a toddler, but has now been told by staff at Westhoughton High in Bolton that it breaches their strict uniform code.
The pupil, who had just started at the Greater Manchester secondary school, was told he'd have to be taught in a classroom on his own until he had it cut.
Now the boy's father has claimed that the school is infringing his son's human rights and has withdrawn the youngster from classes.
Geoff Wallwork, 46, said: 'He's had the ponytail since he was a toddler, it is natural to him. It would be like cutting someone's finger off. I've spoken to the head and he says it's got to come off.
'They asked me if it is a religious thing. It's not but it is what my son believes. 'It's all right for girls but not for lads, it's infringement of human rights.
'No one else has complained about it, he's not hurting anyone and it's not distracting him or anyone else in lessons. If he had a pink Mohican I could understand it, but it's just a small pony tail.'
A member of the school's pastoral team visited Mr Wallwork and Connor on Monday to try to resolve the issue.
The youngster has spent just four days at his new school since leaving Eatock Primary School.
Headteacher Phil Hart said: 'The school has a clear uniform code which covers uniform and hairstyles.
'This is published to all our parents and carers and is part of the student planner.
'We ask for the support of all parents and carers in supporting our high standards and ensuring the uniform code is followed by every student.'
Mr Wallwork has now asked the school to send work home for his son.
Connor added: 'I've only been in school four days. I like my hair the way it is and don't want to have it cut.
'School has been all right apart from the problem with my hair, but it has upset me a bit.'