Mandurah Baptist College tells student to lose ‘man bun’

Mandurah Baptist College student Texas Reeks wants the freedom to wear a ' man bun' to school.
Mandurah Baptist College student Texas Reeks wants the freedom to wear a ' man bun' to school.

A MANDURAH Baptist College student is taking on the private school system after being told he was not allowed to keep his “man bun”.

Senior student Texas Reeks said he was constantly in trouble for the length of his hair, and he believed the dress codes were unfair.

“I have naturally curly hair so it’s usually pretty long anyway and I’ve always been a fan of the man bun,” he said.

“But every time I got it to a length I like my school would make me cut it.

“I think that’s outrageous how your school can make you cut your own hair.”

It’s in response to this that Mr Reeks has created a Change.org petition.

The petition has garnered more than 170 supporters in a fortnight.

The College refused to comment on the petition.

“I get that (the College) is a private school and they want their kids looking neat and tidy,” Mr Reeks said.

“We are just teenagers many of us changing from child to adult and in that transition we have a number of things going on in our lives. Dealing with it is difficult and in that time most of us want to experiment with our looks and presentation.”

Mr Reeks said there was a disparity between what was acceptable for male hair and what was acceptable for female hair.

“I don’t see why females get to have their hair long, short, shaved or whatever, but us males don’t get a choice,” he said.

“I’m quite a self conscious person who suffers from anxiety.

“When you have something about yourself that you like, it boosts your confidence and makes you feel good.”

Mr Reeks said he tied his hair back at work and it wasn’t a problem.

“I find it sexist and I would like the board to reconsider the rules for male hair,” he said.

“I am only asking for it to be long and tied back and look neat not to be long and scruffy.”

Mr Reeks said the hair policy had made him consider going to a public school.

“Where in the Bible does it say males can’t have long hair? It doesn’t. Jesus had long hair.”


College hair policies similar

The College’s hair policy is similar to other private schools in the area.

It states that boys’ hair should be “short and above the collar” and “hair should be neat and tidy at all times”.

In a policy move that could be perceived as racist, students are not allowed afro or braided hair styles.

Frederick Irwin Anglican School states that boys’ hair should also be short. The school also bans layers, flat tops, undercuts and patterns in the hair.

Sideburns cannot extend beyond the centre of the ear.

Students are expected to adjust their hair styles without question.

Mandurah Catholic College says longer hair must be tied back with college scrunchies.

No outlandish styles are permitted and boys must be clean shaven.

Living Waters Lutheran College does not have a separate policy for girls and boys.

Its policy states that hair must be the student’s natural hair colour.

Shaved heads are not allowed and long hair must be held back with a headband or lackey.

Austin Cove Baptist College states that hair must be neat and tidy.

The policy says that boys’ hair “must be styled conservatively”.

Hair should not be longer than collar length and no shorter than a number 1.

Fringes must not be longer than eyebrow level, measured by combing hair forward.