For a child, the jump to high school can be a shock to the system, facing down a new set of rules and routines. Chikayzea Flanders can certainly relate to that, after being accused of breaching the uniform policy in September 2017. However, the Rastafarian boy was then given an ultimatum about his dreadlocks.
Residents of London, England, Chikayzea and his mother Tuesday Flanders practise the Rastafari religion, sporting dreadlocks as a result. With primary school behind him, the 12-year-old started to prepare himself for his secondary education. And following a number of meetings and conversations, his new school was found.
Chikayzea became a student at Fulham Boys School, located in west London. Dressed in his new uniform, the youngster arrived for his first day at the institution in September 2017, ready to kick-start the next stage of his life. However, everything changed later that day.