marco polo mongols When is a shoe not a shoe
Right on cue, one father has vowed to pull his son out of school until teachers accept that the 12 year old’s new Nike Air Force 1’s comply with uniform rules.
The people that drew up the rules say that they don’t.
Noah Stott, 12, has been given a detention three days in a row this week at Treviglas College, Newquay, Cornwall, because school management say he’s wearing trainers.
He arrived in the same shoes three days in a row and was punished every time, because if at first you don’t succeed, keep doing the same thing over and over again. That’ll work.
His father Phil insisted the black pair of Nike Air Force 1s, which retail at are shoes and not trainers.
Isn’t that incredible? Can you believe it that a pair of plastic shoes for a 12 year old cost 75 quid?
Noah has been informed that by standing up for his human rights to ignore instructions, he will have to go to detention every day until he changes his footwear.
This seems clear enough, unless you are not listening, in which case you will argue that the trainers are not trainers, they are shoes, which is exactly what the dad did.
He could have spared his son all this grief, but he thinks he has right on his side so he is engaged in a stand off about footwear.
said: ‘We bought a pair of shoes on the Nike website, which are clearly classed as men’s shoes. They wouldn’t advertise something that wasn’t meant to be.’
The second part doesn’t seem to make sense but he is correct about the first bit. Every item of footwear that Nike sell is described as a shoe, including ones that are so colourfully bright that you can’t look at them with the naked eye.
You would need those glasses that people use to view an eclipse to peer at some of the offerings on the Nike website.
They have footwear on there that they describe as shoes that look like ET’s moccasins.
They are clearly trainers, and while trainers are a subset of the category shoes, they are expressly forbidden by the school rules, which must be obeyed, lest you get a story written about you in the Daily Mail which paints you in an unflattering light.
It happens all the time. A Mail correspondent shows up at the door of a complainant and asks to take a photograph of the individuals to illustrate the story. They will say something like: ‘Hold the shoes up and look sad’.
These people have clearly never read the Daily Mail, or they do not believe that they will be made to appear as fools like all the others because they can’t see past their own righteous fury to appreciate how silly it all is.
To add to the indignity, the feature will be commented on by people who should not be left alone in case they start a fight with themselves.
Here is a random example from the helpful and kind people who have taken time out of their busy day to post a comment on this story:
‘If the father is stupid enough to buy trainers when told not to how on earth will he have the intelligence to home school his son? Pathetic!’
I can’t believe I am about to say this, but a commenter on the Daily Mail website has a point.
The dad said ‘As soon as he went in on Tuesday wearing the shoes, he was given a detention.
‘So I phoned the school and told them that I’d pick him up and withdraw him.
‘He was given another detention on Wednesday and again on Thursday so I’ve taken him out again.
‘I’ll keep on withdrawing him until it’s sorted out, or at least until I go back to work on September 18.’
Take THAT school rules he’ll keep his child at home for ever, or for the next ten days, whichever comes first.
The father said the shoes matched a pair which were included in the ‘acceptable shoes’ section of the school’s official uniform guide, which to be fair has pictures of shoes that are quite similar and others that are MUCH more ugly than those he bought for his child.
The father may have inadvertently caused a further problem down the road by alerting the school to their inaction over what I assume is another infraction of the rules by highlighting their lack of response to the child’s hair.