Ear studs allowed following backlash

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Education Minister Evarist Bartolo took to Facebook to clarify his position following a blanket ban on earrings.

In a post, Bartolo said that children will be allowed to wear studs, however other types of earrings will not be allowed.

The ban was announced by the Minister after the parents of a 12-year-old boy who had a stud complained that the school’s policy was discriminatory.

There was a backlash in the next hours, with parents taking to social media to complain against the blanket ban. A petition protesting the ban was quickly set up.

Some parents of children who wear studs have spoken to Bartolo himself, saying that they wished their children to continue wearing studs to school.

The minister added that he held nothing against students being allowed to wear a stud, adding that he would not like to create a new conflict.

The Maltese Association of Parents of State School Students called the blanket ban a “hasty decision”. The association described the health and safety reasons cited by the government as a ‘smokescreen’ to justify a hasty decision.