THE dad of a teenage girl 'excluded' from school for wearing an earring mounted a bizarre protest today - after he glued both his hands to its front gates.

Irate Geoff Smith, 49, says his daughter Bobbiemay, 14, was sent home after getting a piercing that he claims stops her getting agonising migraines.

In protest against the decision Geoff today (Fri) covered his hands with glue and a type of plaster called 'Polyfilla' then stuck them to two metal bars outside the school.

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He staged his protest for around an hour at lunchtime today before he pulled both his hands free from the gates when ordered to by police who were called.

During the protest, which was streamed on Facebook, He said: "I have superglued myself to the gate.

"My daughter has got a legal right to an education.

"The superglue is burning my hands at the minute... but I would put myself through any pain so my daughter can live life without pain."

After less than a minute a worker from the school, Cockburn John Charles Academy in Leeds, West Yorks, comes over and asks, "what are you doing?".

Geoff, who works as a roofer, then instructs the man to call the fire brigade.

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Police and fire service personnel attended the scene.

Luckily Geoff was able to pull his hands away on his own, although a layer of skin did remain attached to the bars.

Police opted not to arrest him and Geoff then entered the school to have a meeting with senior staff.

Bobbiemay got the piercing in her tragus - the middle part of the outer ear - five weeks ago.

Alternative medicine proponents argue some ear piercings stimulate nerves under the skin and muscle tissues, thereby producing pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins.

Geoff says the piece of jewellery is not a fashion statement and that he bought the smallest, most inconspicuous stud he could to avoid it being an issue at school.

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Speaking yesterday he said: "It's awful for a school to deprive a child of their education for something so minor.

"We tried everything to stop Bobbiemay's migraines - she can be in agonising pain for a week at a time with them.

"But she hasn't had one since getting the piercing five weeks ago. The piercing is working, it's not coming out."

He added: "Bobbiemay was doing really well at that school so that's where I want her go go back to.

"She's missed a lot of school now and it's not fair. She's an intelligent child and they have had no other issues with her until now."

In a statement released yesterday, a school spokesman said: "We would like to make it clear Bobbiemay Smith has not been excluded from the academy.

"She is welcome back at any time, as long as the earring is removed. Students and parents are aware of our clear uniform policy which is applied consistently.

"In this particular case, medical evidence or a doctor's note has not been provided to suggest exceptional circumstances.

"At all times, our focus is on Bobbiemay's welfare and best interests and we hope to see her return to the academy as soon as possible."