Girl, 14, sent home from school for getting earring to ‘help ease her migraines’
A teenage girl's dad claims she has been sent home from school for wearing an earring the family believes helps manage her 'debilitating' migraines.
Bobbiemay Smith, 14, was was allegedly sent home from her south Leeds school for wearing the discreet, clear earring.
The teen is sitting her end-of-year exams at Cockburn John Charles Academy, but claims she has been told that she cannot return to school until she takes out the small earring.
Geoff Smith, 49, said the piercing 'immediately' cleared up his daughter's symptoms, which included a lack of balance, confusion and even vomiting, reports Leeds Live .
"She gets these migraines in waves throughout the week," said Mr Smith.
The so-called Daith piercings see a small hole created in the innermost cartilage fold of the ear in an attempt to replicate acupuncture.
Although the practice isn't universally recognised by medical professionals, Mr Smith said it has worked wonders for his daughter.
Mr Smith said: "Bobbiemay says it immediately cured her migraine headaches and she's not had a migraine since.
"She used to get them every two or three days. It works. If she feels a migraine coming on she plays with the earring and it seems to work."
Bobbiemay even bought a discreet, nude-coloured earring to try and hide it – but she was sent home when teachers discovered the piercing.
"She's about to do her exams soon and she's not going to be allowed to do them while she's wearing the earring," said Mr Smith.
"I'm bordering on not being to control myself in the school. I'm being as polite as I can but I'm coming to my wit's end with it.
"It's not in there for decoration. It's for her migraines.
"How she does this year affects her position in the school next year.
"All this over a piercing to stop her migraines. It's madness."
Cockburn John Charles Academy has been approached for comment.
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