According to the IRN News, Zavier Bygrave, who got the tattoo with the permission of his mother, claims he was booted out of Sacred Heart College despite offering to wear a long-sleeved shirt to hide the tattoo.
Richard Maddix, Zavier's grandfather, said the school's response shows how little regard they had for Zavier's education. He says his grandson needed only a few more credits to graduate.
Maddix also revealed that Zavier was told he had to stay at home until the tattoo was removed, a process which would take several months.
"(Dale's) using a boy's educational future to make a point," said Maddix.
The youngster's mother, Cindy Bygrave, revealed to the New Zealand Herald that she plans to file a complaint with the Education Ministry this week. She said her complaint to the ministry would be on the basis that her son's expulsion was discriminatory and breached his human right.