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As exclusively reported last week, young pupils at Priestnall High, Heaton Mersey, had been separated from their friends and kept in isolation for two days, for such crimes as wearing the wrong colour socks, or having their shirt untucked.
To parents' fury, headteacher Dr Graham Nelmes introduced the stringent measures to improve the standard of school uniform, but after the Express reported on the new rules - and the outrage they had provoked amongst parents - Dr Nelmes discontinued the purge.
Some parents held a demonstration outside the school on Wednesday - a move branded 'dangerous' and shocking by the head - and now the controversial regime has been stopped.
Delighted Philip Hamilton, uncle of year ten pupil Stephanie Hamilton - who was placed in isolation for having her top shirt button undone - organised a demonstration outside the Priestnall Road school on Wednesday. He said: \"I feel really good about this. It's a great result. The Express article really helped.\"
And Gill Spirou, whose daughter Danielle, was pulled out of lessons because of her choice of shoes, added: \"The article definitely had something to do with it.\"
Peter Martin was put in isolation on the first day of the clampdown for wearing white socks instead of regulation blue. His mum, Yvonne, said: \"The newspaper definitely did it and the demonstration on Wednesday must have really shaken up the school.\"
Both Gill and Yvonne say the school phoned them personally to apologise.
However, Dr Nelmes has insisted the clampdown was a success and the majority of parents were supportive. And he blasted those who demonstrated outside, claiming they had put their children in danger.
He said: \"We've done what we were going to do. When we got the uniform right - and it's greatly improved - the children no longer needed to be in isolation.
\"I'm appalled some parents used students in their campaign through a protest. There was an extremely dangerous situation in front of the school. I think we're all shocked by what they did.\"