The school held the World Book Day celebrations by asking Year 7 children to come dressed as famous literary characters.
The Fifty Shades of Grey series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and depicts a relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.
It is notorious for explicit scenes featuring sex acts involving bondage.Just as ‘Dracula’ is notorious for scenes of horror, and ‘Schindler’s List’ is notorious for themes dealing with Nazism.
Yet would the school have turned a hair if he’d come dressed accordingly?
She said: “We thought it was funny. We were walking home from school and he had the idea of going as Christian Grey.
“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.
“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.
“I got a phonecall home from the school saying the outfit was inappropriate and that he had been excluded from taking part or being in any of the photographs.”I despair. I really, really do. If the school didn't want any ‘inappropriate costumes’, did they consider sending home some guidelines?
Perhaps to the teachers too, for whom a fictitious serial killer is just fine and dandy?
The M.E.N has attempted to contact Sale High for comment but it has so far been unavailable.Ah. But this is 2015. That couldn’t last:
…the school insisted he was able to fully take part in the WBD event after his costume had been "modified."
A spokesman said: "The school stands by the decision it made yesterday in relation to the costume worn by one of its students to World Book Day.
"The decision reflects the school's high standards in terms of student behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
"The student was not excluded from taking part in any of the activities as has been wrongly reported, his costume was modified and he was then able to fully participate and enjoy the day with his peers.
"The aim of our world book day events was to celebrate and encourage reading and we are disappointed that what was a fantastic day for our students, has been marred by this issue."No, marred by your complete and utter overreaction to the incident, actually.
The entire debacle also gave the usual suspects a chance to sneer at the reading habits of the lower classes:
Yeah, that doesn't ooze smug condescension one bit, love. I guess we can leave out any idea that jealousy might have prompted this? I'm sure being a freelance policy and law reformer specialising in criminal justice & gender equality brings in the big bucks as much as writing chick-lit....