Four Year old Girl Gets a Lesson in Fascism at Primary School

29 May

Marcella Marino

This is a photo of 4-year-old, Marcella Marino. Last Monday she was told when she went to primary school that she would not be allowed to be in the class photo because her hair-do was distracting and didn’t meet dress code.

Marcella wanted her dad, professional hair stylist, Marcello, to fix her hair up for her classmate photo, so he obliged. Like any 4-year-old girl would be, she was excited that her father was part of her special day with her classmates and she loved her hair bow made from her own hair. There was just one problem, the school she attends said No-Way! When she was told she would be banned from the photo, she was devastated and confused. The British Primary School she attends has a strict dress code. The dress code states about hair bows “that they be of dark colors, Navy Blue, Maroon, and Black.” The school also has banned braids and beads. Of course “blonde” is not an accepted color of a hair bow, so banned she was!

This story is out of England, however, don’t fall for the “well it’s happening somewhere else so it doesn’t affect me” mentality. I am positive that there is plenty of this suppression happening in our own schools. Its 4-year-olds, how strict does a dress code have to be for 4-year-olds? The school believes they are protecting the students from distractions. What’s interesting is, Marcella’s hair style broke all the rules and none of them, its her own hair, and there is no braids or beads involved in its styling.

I wonder what kind of message this little girl is getting from this ordeal?

At the time of the original story, the school had still not responded.

The Patriot


Posted by on 05/29/2012 in All, Uncategorized


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11 responses to “Four Year old Girl Gets a Lesson in Fascism at Primary School

  1. thismummaslife

    05/30/2012 at 12:38 am

    Squashing individuality and creative expression at a young age. A sad message to send. 😦

  2. DYNAMOpolitics

    06/01/2012 at 3:10 pm

    Shouldn’t the school enforce a rule that it has clearly spelled out in its rule book? We in the US lament the decline of discipline in our school systems, and she is in violation of a rule. I think the school did the right thing, and in fact the conservative thing.

    • The Patriot

      06/01/2012 at 4:23 pm

      I agree with you, that the school should enforce its policies. Where the problem lies is semantics. The book doesn’t have a rule on hair in the shape of a bow, but does on hair bow colors, beads and braids. So it’s easy for some teacher or administrator to arbitrarily “rule” on the vagueness of the dress code.

      The real question is who does it hurt? Does it hurt the classmates or school if she stands and poses for a picture, in which you might see 20% of the bow? I just think they could have handled it with more cuth and class. Maybe have her dad come to the school and redo her hair? Who knows the whole thing could be school politics, someone may not like the dad down at the school, people will be people, and some are wicked, and they will wield their power to be vindictive. Let me know what you think…

      • DYNAMOpolitics

        06/01/2012 at 10:49 pm

        Ok I can see that take on it also. This essentially comes down to whether or not we should enforce rules by the book or in the “spirit of the law,” does it not?

        • The Patriot

          06/01/2012 at 10:53 pm

          That is true Dynamo. The other issue is, their four year olds, I mean come on with the strictness… the issue is really blown out of proportion if you ask me…

          • DYNAMOpolitics

            06/01/2012 at 11:02 pm

            Well you’re right that many schools blow regulations way out of proportion. Perhaps I’m coming from another angle here, but many schools are also terrified of parental lawsuits, at least in the US. Not sure how this factor played into the series of events over in Europe though. I don’t have enough info to make a judgement there.

            • The Patriot

              06/01/2012 at 11:12 pm

              I mean, how much of the bow made of hair is going to show when shes facing forward for a class photo? Its on the back of her head..

              BTW Congrats on coming aboard the Constitution Club, Dave sent me an email earlier stating that he was adding your info on the site to join us this weekend.

              • DYNAMOpolitics

                06/01/2012 at 11:36 pm

                Yeah, I would agree that it seems to be on the extreme side. And thank you. It will be a great opportunity for both sites to grow. I plan on writing a post shortly about it on my own homepage:


                Thanks for the referral, by the way. That was very helpful.

                • The Patriot

                  06/02/2012 at 12:58 am

                  You are welcome DYNAMO, did you decide on a pen name? Or are you using your real name?

                  • DYNAMOpolitics

                    06/02/2012 at 10:10 am

                    I think I’ll stick with DYNAMO. Not that I’m afraid of having my name associated with my work – it’s just a better promotional tool to use DYNAMO. It’s good marketing for the blog.


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