The long-haired schoolboy who was suspended for refusing
to cut his locks has won a High Court battle to keep his long
Year 12 St John's College student Lucan Battison, 16, was
suspended for refusing to conform with his principal's wishes
and cut his hair last month.
His family challenged the school's decision and took the case
to the High Court in Wellington earlier this week.
But now Justice David Collins has ruled in his favour.
The ruling, released from the High Court in Wellington, means
Mr Battison will be allowed back in school with his long
Justice Collins ruled that the decision to suspend him from
St John's College was unlawful and the school's rule over
hair length was vague and uncertain, Newstalk reported.
The Battison family is also entitled to costs.
Mr Battison sought a judicial review after the principal and
board of trustees suspended him in breach of the schools'
hair rules which says students are to have "hair that is
short, tidy and of natural colour Hair must be off the collar
and out of the eyes. (Extremes, including plaits, dreads, and
mohawks are not acceptable).''
The rebel student said he was willing to wear his hair tied
in a bun.
Today, Justice Collins concluded that the conditions imposed
on Mr Battison's return to the college were "unreasonable in
the circumstances of this case because the hair rule does not
say a student's hair must be cut to the satisfaction of the
The judge also concluded that the college's hair rule, as it
is currently worded, breaches the common law requirement that
rules, such as the college's hair rule, be certain.
The High Court judgement does not rule on the general
lawfulness of schools having hair rules and it does not
affect school uniform rules.
The judgement only relates to the circumstances of Mr