Oh Tamworth, Tamworth, it's not still going on, is it?
There's more at the Northern 'Tamworth gets' Daily Weirder by the minute, here.
Mrs Sollars said while it may seem like a trivial issue to some, for Dylan, who is living with Asperger’s, it was anything but.
Say what? They're persecuting a kid with Asperger's for wanting to wear a bow tie, in the school colours?
“We don’t feel Dylan wearing a bow tie is stopping him or any other student,” Mrs Sollars said. “He chooses to wear it rather than a traditional tie and he’s worn it for six months.
“It would be a massive change for him to have to take it off – it would be quite traumatic.”
She said many other students at the school had minor alterations to the uniform.
While under the school’s rules Dylan cannot be suspended for a uniform breach, he has been told he can be suspended for “disobedience relating to the uniform”.
NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli said it would not be appropriate for him to intervene. “Uniform decisions are made by the principal, in consultation with the PandC,” Mr Piccoli said. “It’s not appropriate for the minister to start intervening.”
In a Northern Daily Leader online poll, 52.67 per cent (247 votes) readers said students should not be suspended for wearing incorrect school uniform, while 47.33 per cent (222 votes) said they should.
Say what? The town's got that many mindless, mind-numbing dullard conformists in its midst?
So inflexible they can't even find it in their hearts to allow a snappy dresser to indulge in a little snappy dressing?
What if he wanted to wear spats in honour of Jimmy Cagney?
How about braces, in the school colours, in honour of his great grandfather? What if it was in honour of a snappy dresser who went to Gallipoli and also wore a bow tie?
What about a nice Akubra made from rabbit pelt?
What's happened to the great countryside?
Yes the pond had a great uncle who always wore a bow tie. He was mocked for it by his lumpenproletariat relatives but he liked a little style ... and he was, in passing, hard as nails, and able to deal with rascals ...
How did this come to pass, oh you heartbreak town ... ?
What's that you say?
Barnaby Joyce is your federal member, and Adrian Piccoli speaks for the state government?
Say no more. All is understood, if not forgiven ...