Mum’s fury after ‘daughter placed in isolation at school over migraine piercing’

Kerry Cohen with her daughter Skye, 14, who got a ‘daith’ piercing to help with her migraines (Image: Joseph Raynor)

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A mum has been left furious after her daughter was allegedly punished at school for getting an ear piercing to help with migraines.

Skye Cohen, 14, came home and told her mother, Kerry Cohen, that she was put in isolation at school over the 'daith' piercing.

Ms Cohen gave her daughter permission to get the piercing in the hopes it would help with Skye's debilitating migraines.

However, it was against uniform policy resulting in Skye getting in trouble, NottinghamshireLive reports.

Skye, a Year 9 student at the George Spencer Academy in Nottingham, has suffered with migraines since primary school – something doctors have told her could be hereditary as Kerry also experiences them.

While they have tried other treatments including glasses, the migraines get so bad she has to miss lessons.

The theory of daith piercings helping to alleviate migraine is based on the idea of targeting a specific pressure point and replicating the principle of acupuncture
(Image: Joseph Raynor)

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Ms Cohen, 46, of Stapleford, said: "The school knows about her migraines because I've had to pick her up and bring her home when they are really bad.

"But she's not been suffering since she's had the piercing.

"The school have only just noticed because it is hard to spot and she wears her hair down but they have said they cannot allow it and won't accept a letter from a doctor as I have suggested.

"The school permits single ear studs only.

"Skye was upset she had been in isolation all day even though I know there are other pupils who have piercings too.

"But Skye is always punctual, she works hard and is well-presented. I just wonder where the compassion is when children have already missed so much schooling."

Experts are divided about whether daith piercings alleviate migraines
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According to The Migraine Trust charity: "A daith piercing is a piercing through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold.

"The theory of daith piercings helping to alleviate migraine is based on the idea of targeting a specific pressure point and replicating the principle of acupuncture."

In addition, Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, a neurologist and trustee of The Migraine Trust, said: “There is no evidence that daith piercings work to help migraine.”

But for Skye, who said she can get migraines "a few times a week" the piercing seems to be working and she would prefer not to be in isolation.

The 14-year-old said: "I find it easier to concentrate now and I haven't been getting the migraines.

"Being in isolation we sort of have a choice what to do but it could put me behind on work."

"School is the only time Skye gets to see her friends, but in isolation, you don't even get breaks together," Ms Cohen added.

"I have even tried to meet the school halfway and we changed the piercing to a clear bar so it's even less noticeable for the next day.

"I've explained it's not cosmetic, it's for health purposes, but they just won't budge."

In addition to Ms Cohen's frustration on the piercing punishment, Skye also claims that on the day she returned to school with the new jewellery, a teacher "tried to take it out".

"This made me really cross because there should be a 'no hands' policy and especially with Covid," Ms Cohen said.

"I sent an email in to the school and I received a call back – I just asked what on earth they were doing but I was told the teacher had gloves on.

"I am going to stand my ground on this – I understand there are rules but I think schools need to look at individual cases.

"It was my decision to let her have it, even though I wasn't really a fan.

"Skye wants to keep it in and surely it is better than her missing lessons and me having to pick her up and also have to miss work."

A spokesperson for George Spencer Academy said: "Unfortunately, the school cannot comment on any individual student enquiries.

"More widely, George Spencer Academy upholds high standards of uniform and student presentation.

"However, the Academy will always make reasonable adjustments for any students with medical conditions certified by a medical professional."

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