Worksop schoolgirl suspended over charity badge

Kayleigh Handshaw, 14, and mother Deborah Handshaw
Kayleigh Handshaw, 14, and mother Deborah Handshaw
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A teenage girl who lost her aunt to cancer has spent three days at home after being suspended from school for wearing a charity badge on her blazer.

Kayleigh Robinson, aged 14, is not sure when she will be able to return to school after she was excluded temporarily.

Her mum, Deborah Handshaw, said Kayleigh was stopped at the school gate and told to remove the yellow Macmillan flower she had worn for a year to show her support for those battling cancer.

Her aunt was diagnosed with the illness about two years ago and passed away a month ago.

Deborah, aged 33, said Kayleigh fully explained her situation to the teacher and refused to remove the badge.

She was then excluded for ‘refusing a reasonable request’.

Kayleigh said: “It makes me feel upset. I just wore it to remember my aunt.”

Deborah added: “It is just a small little yellow flower, it has been there for a year, and is the only badge she wears on a her black blazer.”

The school - Outwood Academy Portland, in Worksop - defended its decision to suspend pupils for wearing charity badges on uniforms. It said they are allowed to wear them on their coats and bags.