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Schoolboy excluded from World Book Day for Christian Grey Fifty Shades of Grey costume

An 11-year-old boy was excluded from his school's World Book Day celebrations for wearing a Fifty Shades of Grey costume - and his mother has insisted she does not regret his choice of outfit.

Liam Scholes, 11, arrived at Sale High School in Trafford, Greater Manchester dressed as the erotic romance novel's male protagonist Christian Grey - wearing a suit and carrying cable ties and an eye mask.

The boy's mother, Nicola Scholes, 36, said she was called by teachers who said his costume was not suitable and he would not be able to participate in events for the annual celebration of reading.

The school marked World Book Day by asking pupils to dress as famous literary characters.

Ms Scholes told ITV1's Good Morning Britain: "I don't regret allowing him to go as that character.

"He's a character that has been put out there on the television and all aspects of media.

"Every child at the age of 11 knows who he was. He walked into school yesterday and every child knew who he was.

"I don't think he's gone as something that has not been accessible to children of his age before."

Liam said: "He's the character that has been talked about the most in the past few years and he's just been everywhere you go."

He added: "I think it's the content of the book that might (make) people think that it's inappropriate. But I went into school as Christian Grey just for a laugh, not anything else."

A film based on the book by EL James - which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide - hit screens last month.

Campaigners claim the story of billionaire Christian Grey's passionate relationship with student Anastasia Steele promotes domestic abuse.

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