DOZENS of pupils were sent home when a South Yorkshire school launched a surprise crackdown on youngsters wearing the wrong coloured footwear.
Students at Barnsley’s Kirk Balk School were told they had to wear all black shoes or trainers - and were given marker pens by staff to colour in those that didn’t make the grade.
Thirteen-year-old Matthew Swan was among those who refused and was sent home - to the anger of his mother Melanie.
“I dropped Matthew off at 8.30am and then received a call 20 minutes later asking me to come back and pick him up,” she said at her home in Rockley View, Pilley.
“On the way there I saw droves of young people on their way home who obviously weren’t wearing fully black trainers and were in the same boat as Matthew.
“He certainly wasn’t going to draw on the white parts of his Adidas trainers that cost us £65. Many families will simply be unable to go out and buy new pairs just like that.
“We had no warning this was going to happen and I think it’s disgusting so many kids are missing a day’s education,” Melanie said.
“They are going to be moving into a new school soon which will cause enough disruption as it is.
“I am so angry that I’ve been on to the education department to complain - many pupils may not have parents at home and will have had nowhere to go back to.
“It’s an atrocious situation. I agree there should be a uniform policy and I make sure Matthew wears the right T-shirt and trousers. Now it looks like if he’s going to go back to school tomorrow we’ll have to go and get him a cheap pair of shoes,” Melanie added.
Other parents affected said they planned to send their children back to Kirk Balk today wearing the same trainers as before - to see if they would be sent home again.
“It is ridiculous to make such a big issue of this - trainers are very expensive and I can’t afford to fork out for another pair,” said one mum.
The Hoyland school’s website says that only plain black shoes are acceptable for both boys and girls.
No-one from the school was available for comment.