In case you missed it, it was World Book Day yesterday and many schools celebrated by inviting pupils and teachers to dress up as their favourite characters from their favourite books.
One eleven year old boy from Manchester named Liam Scholes took this too far though by dressing up as Christian Grey from Fifty Shades Of Grey – complete with cable ties and an eye mask. He was subsequently told that his outfit was offensive and that he would not be able to take part in any school photographs or activities for that day.
His mother – 36 year old Nicola Scholes – was contacted and was less than impressed with this decision, especially considering a teacher at Sale High School also dreseed up as the serial killer Dexter:
One of the teachers went dressed as Dexter and I don’t see why sex is seen as more offensive than murder.
If it was a primary school I could understand but it’s a secondary school and the book and the film have been everywhere — it’s one of the most famous books in recent years and it’s not like the pupils will be unaware of it.’
We thought it was funny. We were walking home from school and he had the idea of going as Christian Grey.
At first we laughed it off but the we discussed it with a few friends and saw the funny side and decided it was quite a good costume idea.
He went in a suit and shoes and with an eye mask and cable ties. The cable ties were tiny and not enough to do anything with them. We didn’t think there would be a problem.
To be fair, she has got a point when she says that it’s ridiculous to think that the pupils at the school wouldn’t have heard of the book and its content as it’s one of the biggest books and movies and recent years – so much so that there’s even baby merchandise that you can buy of it – but on the other hand should an eleven year old really be walking around flaunting this kind of stuff? It’s a tough one and I’m not really sure which side of the argument I’m on – what do you guys think?
The school hasn’t released a statement on the incident yet.