The father of a teenage girl sent home from school for wearing an earring launched himself into a pretty unusual protest - having glued his hands to the front gates of the academy. Geoff Smith, 49, says 14-year-old daughter Bobbiemay was sent home after getting a piercing, which he claims stops her from getting migraines. To protest against the decision, roofer Geoff decided to slather his hands with glue and a type of plaster known as Polyfilla. He then stuck them onto two metal bars outside the school and streamed the stunt live on Facebook for around an hour at lunchtime today (14 June). After the police were called, Geoff was ordered to yank himself free and eventually managed to loosen his hands from the gates. During the Facebook stream, he said: "I have superglued myself to the gate.
"My daughter has got a legal right to an education."The superglue is burning my hands at the minute... but I would put myself through any pain so my daughter can live life without pain."A worker from Cockburn John Charles Academy in Leeds, West Yorkshire, wandered over to Geoff after less than a minute into his protest, asking him: "What are you doing?"It was at this point that Geoff told the man to call the fire brigade, and shortly after police and fire service personnel arrived on the scene. Police decided not to arrest the dad, who then went into the school to have a meeting with staff. While Geoff was able to release himself from the gates, a layer of skin did get stuck. The protest was prompted by Geoff's daughter, Bobbiemay, getting in trouble for a piercing. She had her tragus pierced five weeks ago, with Geoff claiming that it wasn't a fashion statement but instead intended to relieve pain.
Some alternative medicine advocates believe that ear piercings can stimulate nerves under the skin and muscle tissues, in turn producing pain-relieving substances like endorphins. Geoff said he bought the smallest, most inconspicuous stud he could to avoid it being an issue at school. Speaking yesterday (13 June) he said: "It's awful for a school to deprive a child of their education for something so minor."We tried everything to stop Bobbiemay's migraines - she can be in agonising pain for a week at a time with them."But she hasn't had one since getting the piercing five weeks ago. The piercing is working, it's not coming out."He added: "Bobbiemay was doing really well at that school so that's where I want her gogo back to."She's missed a lot of schools now and it's not fair. She's an intelligent child and they have had no other issues with her until now."In a statement released yesterday, a school spokesman said: "We would like to make it clear Bobbiemay Smith has not been excluded from the academy."She is welcome back at any time, as long as the earring is removed. Students and parents are aware of our clear uniform policy which is applied consistently."In this particular case, medical evidence or a doctor's note has not been provided to suggest exceptional circumstances."At all times, our focus is on Bobbiemay's welfare and best interests and we hope to see her return to the academy as soon as possible."