‘UNUSUAL’ steps have been taken by the head teacher of Bishop Luffa School, in Chichester, warning parents about a potentially deadly craze involving young people.
Nick Taunt, head teacher of the Church of England secondary school is warning about head shaving and a new ‘craze’ called Neknominate.
Mr Taunt said the problems of head shaving involved a group of boys ‘forcibly shaving the head of a friend’.
“To allow this to happen – to ‘man up’ – appears to give the target a certain kudos,” said Mr Taunt.
“While it may not be intended as bullying, that can be its impact on the victim.”
He also warned parents about the craze of Neknomination – the practice of nominating someone through social media for a drinking dare. “I am aware that some of our young people have been involved; peer pressure, particularly at parties, can lead others to follow against their better judgement,” said Mr Taunt.
“While it can be innocent, it is potentially dangerous. Several deaths are now being linked to the craze.”
The head teacher said both activities involved people acting under pressure from others, and warned parents of the pressure their children might feel to take part.
He invited concerned parents to contact their head of house of head of sixth form.