"He's trying to have a laugh," the boy's mother said

By Tara Fowler
Updated March 06, 2015 01:30 PM
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An 11-year-old British boy is in trouble after he dressed up as Christian Grey from the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey for his school’s World Book Day celebration, his mother says.

Liam Scholes was reprimanded by Sale High School on Thursday for his creative, if arguably inappropriate, choice of costume, which included a gray suit, cable ties and an eye mask.

“I think it’s a big overreaction,” his mother, Nicola Scholes, told ITN on Friday.

“He’s trying to have a laugh. He’s almost 12, he’s a bit of a character, he’s not shy,” she added.

For his part, Liam says everyone took the costume for what it was meant to be: a joke.

“Everybody liked it,” he told ITN. “Everyone thought it was funny.”

What truly angers Scholes is that she feels her son’s costume was more appropriate than those sported by some of the other students.

“Liam was advised to dress as James Bond … but [he] was a promiscuous character who kills people,” she told the BBC. “Personally, I’m more offended by a murderer.”

Scholes says one teacher even dressed up as the serial killer Dexter. “I don’t see why sex is more offensive than murder,” she told the Manchester Evening News.

The mother claims the boy was excluded from pictures that day, but the school said in a statement that allegation was false.

“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,” head teacher Lynn Nicholls said.

“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.”

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