Furious mother reveals: ‘Teacher shaved my disabled daughter’s armpits in front of classmates’

A mother in Australia has revealed her fury after a teacher forcibly shaved her daughter's armpits in front of classmates

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by Kayleigh Dray |
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Melissa Woods has angrily spoken out after a teacher shaved her 14-year-old daughter Taylah's armpits - in front of her classmates.

Apparently her daughter, who has a disability, was told by the teacher that she would get picked on by other girls if she didn't do it.

Speaking with Australian radio station radio station 3AW, the outraged mother said: "I didn't understand why they had to do it."

Taylah is enrolled in a life skills program at Wangaratta District Specialist School in the state's north-east and, according to school officials, shaving is part of the curriculum, as it teaches children 'independent living skills'.

The teenager's mother says she is furious that neither she, or her daughter, were asked for permission before the 'shaving lesson'
The teenager's mother says she is furious that neither she, or her daughter, were asked for permission before the 'shaving lesson'

School principal Libby Hosking said they would "definitely seek specific permission" for parts of their curriculum in future.

She added: "It's not to say that shaving armpits needs to occur, it's just an option."

Melissa Woods has insisted that neither she or her daughter were given the opportunity to choose whether her not they wanted Taylah to participate in the armpit shaving programme.

"That's invading her rights as a person to decide whether or not she wants to get it done or not."

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