A schoolboy has been refused entry into class because he wants to wear a face mask, according to his dad.
Famous Wood, 10, has not been allowed into school for the last 11 weeks due to his decision to wear a face covering, it has been claimed.
Since September, the young boy has allegedly been turned away at St Matthew's Church of England Primary School, in Sandwell.
His dad Dean says Famous suffers from anxiety and want to wear the covering to protect himself and others.
However, the school is not letting him as the government announced under-11s are exempt from compulsory mask wearing, he says.
The dad-of-two says the issue surfaced on day one of the new school year in September when his son turned up wearing a mask.
The school declined to comment but Sandwell Council said it is "working with the school to assist them to resolve this situation quickly."
Home-working material has also been provided for Famous, it added, reports Birmingham Live.
The 32-year-old dad said: "After lockdown, with everyone being more Covid aware, Famous decided he wanted to wear a mask to keep himself and his friends safe because he's anxious about it.
"But the (school) keeps saying he can't come in unless he takes it off.
"They said he can't wear it because Government guidelines say kids under 11 don't need to wear one and they're just made it a rule."
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He added: "Famous has been denied his education for 11 weeks now.
"I take him there every morning and we are always turned away.
"We also come back every day for a closing time to protest and he brings his sign.
"My son just wants to go to school and be with his friends."
Dean, a former children's mentor, and wife Cassandra, 31, from Smethwick, claim the school have even threatened them with a truancy fine.
But the parents are standing by their son who, they said, had always been a bright and well-behaved pupil.
"I won't make him remove it, if this is how he feels safe," said Dean.
"They could be helping him to feel more comfortable by easing him in, but this whole situation is making it worse for him."
Famous recalled his first day being turned away and said: "I went to school, I was ready to go in and they told me I couldn't go in with my mask on.
"I've been wearing my mask to protect my family, my friends and myself."
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St Matthew's Church of England School was contacted for comment but no statement has yet been received.
But a Sandwell Council spokesman said: " The local authority is working with the school to assist them to resolve this situation quickly.
"We all want to see a solution where this pupil can return to school as soon as possible.
"The school has followed all government guidance and put in place measures keep pupils safe in response to COVID-19.
"Ultimately this is the school’s decision, and they are trying to take into account all parties, staff, other children and families.
"However, we will continue to work hard to support them in finding a swift resolution.
"The headteacher and her staff are continuing to work with the family with a view to the pupil returning to school and they are providing work online which the pupil can access remotely."
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