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103 students detained in school uniform 'concentration camp'


A STUDENT has been suspended from a Brisbane high school after posting a video online that showed students being dealt with for wearing the wrong shoes.

The school administration declined to comment and comment has been sought from Education Queensland.

Queensland Teachers Union President Kevin Bates said 103 students had been sent to detention but defended the policy.

"The crucial thing here is that this is the school uniform policy that's been determined through consultation with the local community, with parents. It's approved by the P & C," Mr Bates told ABC radio.

Mr Bates was concerned the issue had caused arguments between parents on social media and said the appropriate channel for discussion was P & C meetings.

"I think the P & C meeting next Monday night will be a lot fuller than what it usually is," Ms Bates said.

One father dropping his daughter off at school told the The Courier-Mail the school was "almost like a concentration camp."

Other parents argue dress rules will prepare students for work.

Dr Karen Lovelace, who has students in year 10 and 11 at the school, said she supported the crackdown.

"The communications have been clear, they've been done in a range of formats," she said.

"Our beautiful principal has provided information in written, in pictures and in words to the children late last year on numerous occasions.

"It's a very good school, and one of the reasons it's a good school is the respect everyone pays each other, and the attention to detail in terms of safety.

"The school has been very supportive of families who find themselves in a position where they are unable to afford replacement shoes."


HUNDREDS of students at Brisbane school The Gap State High have been caught up in a row about breaches of the school's uniform policy, according to comments posted on Facebook.

A post on The Gap Grapevine on Monday initially claimed 80 children received detention earlier that day, but was later updated to claim 460 were detained.

The two posts were later removed but another post claimed students were instead lining up for uniform passes, which the school insists on students collecting if they arrive in non-compliant shoes and clothing.

A parent also claimed a student who took a photo of the line-up received a three-day detention.

The school administration were contacted on Monday and this morning but as yet have not responded, so the claims cannot be independently verified.

The row comes after the daughter of a parent who spoke out last week to The Courier-Mail about The Gap's shoes policy was given detention. The story made national headlines.

The school later offered to buy the girl shoes which complied with its guidelines.

Ms Bishop said she had bought good quality black lace-up shoes for her daughter, but because the heel was not within the 5-20mm range stipulated in the school's uniform list they were deemed unacceptable.

Ms Bishop said after her daughter was given detention on Tuesday last week she spoke to the deputy principal, the detention was lifted and an offer was made to buy shoes which complied.

"He (the deputy principal) was very good in the way he dealt with me, but they will not change their stance on compliance, and the way they're getting around it by the looks of it is, they're buying a range of shoes and they'll get the kids up to pick a pair, try them on and they'll buy them. The school's paying for them," she said.

"He said they've already bought pairs of shoes for other kids. It's the first I've heard of this happening."

The school's student planner says students "are required to wear black leather lace up school shoes, which have a heel, no greater than 20mm no lower than 5mm".

Education Queensland said students were told of the rules at assembly last year and in newsletters.