Case 278 – High wire ban for 17-year-old wearing a stud earring


When attending a high wire adventure park the enquirer’s daughter (aged 17) was prevented from taking part as she had a small stud earring that could not be removed. She was advised that if she was over 18 she could do the activity.

Panel decision

The site response indicates that taping of rings and earrings is allowed as an alternative to removing them so it is very difficult to understand why this young lady was refused access to the activity simply because she had a stud earring which could not be removed. The site organisers have further confused matters by stating that there is a difference in their level of responsibility towards 17 year olds versus 18 year olds when their responsibility is the same regardless of age.

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