School Kicks Out 3rd-Grader for Shaving Her Head
Support for friend with cancer doesn't go well
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2014 10:13 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Kamryn Renfro shaved her head because, she says, "it felt like the right thing to do" to support a friend who is fighting cancer—but the compassionate gesture got Kamryn kicked out of school, 9 News reports. Kamryn, a third-grader, wasn't allowed to return to Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colo., yesterday because her shaved head violates the school's dress code, Kamryn's family says. "It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did," says the mom of Kamryn's friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy to fight neuroblastoma.

Delaney says she appreciated her friend's gesture: "It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone." But Caprock Academy says, in a statement, that its policy intends to "promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students," and that as such, shaved heads are not allowed. But the school will reportedly allow Kamryn to attend today, and NBC 11 reports that the school's Board of Directors is holding a special meeting tonight to address the situation and potentially make an exception to the dress code for Kamryn.

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Mar 30, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
A generation of idiots is administering our schools ?
Mar 26, 2014 5:38 PM CDT
The school is private and therefore can set its own rules and regulations (however absurd they may be). It's just good to know none of my tax dollars are going to bus kids there and that they aren't taking advantage of tax laws and refuse government services like police and fire protection and they pay 100 percent of all the roads going into and out of the school facility and that none of my tax money is going to them in the form of vouchers and that... oh, wait. Whoops! I guess none of that is true. Oh well - let's just keep throwing money at these private groups while starving the public schools while complaining about lazy, overpaid public school teachers!
Mar 26, 2014 1:54 PM CDT
What dress code would ever include a bald head? There is nothing offensive about it yet there are medical conditions that could lead to it. Is this a case of since someone has done something to signify something no else is allowed to? If a gang member wears red in order to signify an affiliation no one else is allowed to then wear that color? That's just silly and allows them power over others that they should not have.