Dad slams school for putting daughter, 16, in isolation over Manchester bombing tribute tattoo

A DAD has blasted his child’s school as she was put in isolation because of her Manchester bombing tribute tattoo.

Brian Hilson said Kia, 16, witnessed the horrific attack first hand as she was at the Manchester Arena watching Ariana Grande perform before the explosion.

This bee tattoo which many Mancunians also got as a symbol of unity in the wake of the Manchester bombings put Kia Hilton in isolation at school
This bee tattoo which many Mancunians also got as a symbol of unity in the wake of the Manchester bombings put Kia Hilton in isolation at school
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He told Manchester Evening News Kia got “blown to the floor with the force of the bomb”.

Since the attack, she has suffered extreme trauma and needs regular medication to cope, as even the sound of fireworks can leave her curled up in the corner of her room.

SYMBOL OF HOPE

In a bid to never forget the heartache but also remember the courage and unity after the bombing, Kia got a tattoo of a bee on her body.

She was under the 18-year-old age limit, but she got the bee tattooed behind her ear with her parent’s permission last November, Manchester Evening News reported.

But it was only earlier this week that a teacher at Kia’s school Hyde Community College, Manchester, noticed it, and immediately put her in isolation.

The slightest thing, a bang or crowds, just brings it all back

Brian Hilton

And to Brian’s horror, staff said she would be put in isolation for an extra three weeks, which means she will not be able to attend GCSE revision classes before and after school.

He said: “It’s horrendous the way they have treated her. It’s not just the isolation, but the fact that they’re stopping her doing her extra GCSE revision.

“Kia has really long hair and you honestly can’t see the tattoo unless you look for it. You’d think the school would realise the special circumstances for her having it.

“We have tried everything to try and forget those memories but the slightest thing, a bang or crowds, just brings it all back.”

After the newspaper requested a response from the school, staff told Brian that Kia would be able to return to classes on Friday morning for revision classes, as long as she had a plaster over her tattoo.

A spokesperson for Hyde Community College told the newspaper: “The school provided extensive support for pupils affected by the Manchester Arena bombing, including counselling.

“We cannot discuss a pupil’s personal situation but any incidents are dealt with in line with school policy.

“If any parent has concerns we are happy to discuss directly with them.”

Kia got the tattoo in November, but a teacher at Hyde Community College only noticed it earlier this week
Kia got the tattoo in November, but a teacher at Hyde Community College only noticed it earlier this week
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