A livid mother has permanently pulled her daughter out of school after she was sent home for wearing trousers which looked like "leggings".

Michelle Doyle says the episode – sparked after her daughter Libbi turned up for a class on Monday February 24 in a pair of £6 bottoms from Asda – has left her so angry she won't allow her child to return to Derby's Merrill Academy.

The row even led to police being sent to the 42-year-old carer's home, after she went to the school to complain but was told to leave by headteacher teacher Jo Harlow, Derbyshire Live reports.

The single mum says the school accused her of “aggressive and threatening behaviour” on school premises.

She admits swearing but has denied threatening any staff – and says her daughter has been wearing the trousers to school with no complaints since September.


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“The school is a pure joke. My daughter has been wearing these trousers since September but suddenly she’s not allowed them," Miss Doyle said.

“It’s really upset her. I went to the school with a friend to ask for an explanation but they wouldn’t give me one. The headteacher then came out and said I needed to leave the premises.

“I was so angry when they escorted us off the premises that I said ‘the school’s s***' and that my daughter 'won’t be coming back'.

“Later on, the police came to my property and said I’d been accused of aggressive and threatening behaviour.

“Out of frustration, I did swear – but I didn’t threaten anyone.

“I’m so angry about it that I’ve decided to pull Libbi out of the school. I’ve already started applying to get her into Noel-Baker or Chellaston Academy. In the meantime, I'll provide her with some lessons at home."


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Miss Doyle says her daughter's trousers are perfectly smart, and that the incident has left Libbi, who suffers from ADHD and anxiety, feeling "shook up" after she was refused entry to school in front of her classmates.

“Libbi’s really shook up by this. Pupils are made to queue up at the school entrance so teachers can check they’re dressed properly," she continued.

“It’s ridiculous. It wasn’t nice for Libbi when she was refused entry in front of everyone, especially as she suffers from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and anxiety.”

Miss Doyle also has a 15-year-old daughter at Merrill Academy, in Alvaston, but says she is reluctant to remove her from school too as she has already started her GCSE courses.

“It’s easier to find Libbi a new school as she’s only in Year 7,” Miss Doyle explains

Responding to Miss Doyle's comments, a spokesperson for Merrill Academy said: “Due to the nature of the parent engagement with staff, this is now a police matter. Therefore, we cannot comment any further.”

Mirror Online has approached Derbyshire Police for more information.

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