Liam Scholes, a year 7 student from Sale High School, Great Manchester, was reportedly “excluded” from his school’s World Book Day celebrations for turning up as Christian Grey, the widely popular yet controversial character from Fifty Shades of Grey.
Apparently, the school had asked students to come dress up as their favorite literary characters, but when Scholes showed up in a grey suit and slicked back hair, holding a pair of cable ties and an eye mask, the teachers took offense and called his mother.
Not only was the 11-year-old prohibited from attending any of the themed activities, he was also not allowed to pose for the class photograph with other children.
His mother Nicola Scholes – who is also a primary school teacher – believes her son’s costume was no worse than those who came dressed up as serial killers and such.
“We thought it was funny. We were walking home from school and he had the idea of going as Christian Grey,” she explained. “At first we laughed it off but then we discussed it with a few friends and saw the funny side and decided it was quite a good costume idea.”
The 36-year-old was very disappointed when the school called her to inform that Liam’s outfit was inappropriate and that he wasn’t allowed to join his fellow students in the festivities.
“He went in a suit and shoes and with an eye mask and cable ties. The cable ties were tiny and not enough to do anything with them. We didn’t think there would be a problem,” she added. “One of the teachers went dressed as Dexter and I don’t see why sex is seen as more offensive than murder.”