THE mother of a teenager punished for wearing false eyelashes to school is calling for a public apology.

Angela Jackson claims that fake eyelashes were not specifically listed as part of the banned heavy makeup mentioned in Royal Wootton Bassett Academy’s rules.

She says this changed after she told the Adver about her 14-year-old daughter Chelsea Silk being sent into isolation for wearing them.

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So Angela argues that Chelsea was unjustly sanctioned for having the eyelid enhancements since she had not technically broken any rules at the time of the punishment, and that her education suffered as a result.

Angela said: “She was punished for a rule she did not even break. I didn’t allow her to wear anything that was against the school rules.

“She only received work for her GCSE studies on one of the days she was in isolation, so she’s fallen behind.

“Rewriting the rules after they’d sanctioned her proves my point, we deserve an apology.”

Chelsea no longer wears fake eyelashes now that the rules include them in the list of banned makeup – which also features dark brows, thick eyeliner, bright eyeshadow, bright lipstick, nail varnish, gel nails or artificial nails

The row began when Angela told the Adver earlier this month that her daughter was left in tears after a member of staff stood over Chelsea in the toilets until she took off the accessories.

The school contacted Angela that day and told her that students were not allowed to wear fake eyelashes to school.

After being threatened with isolation if she wore them again, Chelsea returned to school doing just that and spent five days away from her classmates.

Our story spread to national newspapers, with some being critical of Angela’s actions.

She added: “There’s always going to be a division of public opinion, I didn’t expect the reaction it got, it stirred up a hornets' nest. A lot was made of her age but she’ll be 15 in a few days and you have to treat Year 10s and 11s like young adults.

“You have to let them grow up and support them and let them take pride in their appearance, boosting their self-esteem should be encouraged.”

The Adver approached Royal Wootton Bassett Academy for comment but did not receive one before deadline.

Previously, deputy head Mari Roberts said: “The school is aware that the mother does not support us right now, but we have spent time working with her and her daughter to de-escalate the situation.

“The school adopts an empathetic inclusive approach to individual student needs as is the case in this instance.”