A Catholic school has expelled a pupil for getting a tattoo of an American rap musician on his arm - a $300 Christmas present from his social worker mum.
This was despite the student, 17-year-old Zavier Bygrave, pleading with Auckland's Sacred Heart College's board on Monday: "I want to go to school."
He argued he wanted to finish his final year saying: "This tattoo is on the outside of my skin. It doesn't change who I am on the inside."
Although Zavier promised to wear a long-sleeve shirt to hide the tattoo, the school ruled it "did not fit in with the Marist school values" and would be harmful for other students to see.
The black-and-white tattoo of musician Tupac Shakur is on Zavier's left arm, from his elbow to wrist.
I wonder now, would he have been expelled had the name tattooed on his arm been that of Bob Marley? Hmm, perhaps that could be seen as promoting a cannabis culture? How is about Catchafire, or Fat Freddy? Or perhaps any of the other kiwi pop-groups (I am definitely not up in this field)...
I suspect that the name on his arm had as much if not a heck of a lot more to do with his expulsion than the fact of the tattoo itself.
Come on now, thoughts please...
Should this kid have been expelled for the tattoo?