A UK high school has made headlines after its principal banned a popular hairstyle known as the “meet me at McDonald’s” haircut.
According to the BBC, the principal of Great Yarmouth Charter Academy in Norfolk, Barry Smith, sent a letter to parents listing seven “unacceptable haircuts” for boys. One of the haircuts specified was any variation on the hairstyle known as ‘Meet me at McDonald’s.’
The letter has given students until Monday, Feb. 26, to restyle any “extreme style[s].” It warned that if this was not done, the child would either be sent home, or placed in isolation.
The “meet me at McDonald’s” hairstyle was not described in the letter. However, the school did offer to provide parents with a Powerpoint presentation showing what hairstyles to avoid.
The cut, which is apparently popular with schoolboys, is defined by closely shaved sides and back, topped with a voluminous curly mop.
Yaye! The "Meet Me At McDonalds" hairstyle is back! Now kids can look as stupid as their parents did in the 80s! ?(The music was way cooler back then though)
— Cyber Definitions (@Cyberdefs) February 22, 2018
Hairdresser Elliot Branford told The Metro “It’s a grade zero or a one on the sides, then disconnected with a perm or curly on the top and you have it sitting forwards.”
According to The Sun, the hairdo is reminiscent of the styles sported in the “new romantic synthpop scene of the 1980s.”
While the origins of the name remain a mystery, The Week suggests it first appeared on Twitter in April 2015.
Other styles that have been banned by the high school include the mohawk, “shaven parting lines,” and “overgrown, heavy fringes brushed forward onto the face.”
According to the BBC, the new rule has been met with mixed responses from the parents.
One mother said: “To be quite fair [the principal is] only implementing stuff that was bog standard when we were at school,” reported the BBC.
While another said: “It seems to us to be a bit silly. I don’t understand how having a haircut affects a child’s learning.”
Karen Leeder, a mother who posted the letter to social media, described it as “absolutely ridiculous,” The Sun reported.
Meanwhile, many people on social media expressed puzzlement as to what the hairdo actually was.
Things I learnt today: There is a hairstyle called "meet me at McDonalds".
— Adam Kirton (@AdamKirton) February 21, 2018
Today's discussion point in the @tes office: what is a ‘meet me at McDonalds’ haircut anyway?
— Martin George (@geomr) February 22, 2018
This is the not the first time that the school’s policies has drawn media attention. According The Sun, last September the new principal caused a stir when he introduced strict new rules, including cell phone confiscations, and enforcement of a bedtime.