Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer
A 9-year-old Colorado girl was kept out of school on Monday after shaving her head to support a friend battling cancer.The academy has a dress code which states no shaved heads. Now, I'm going to assume here that this is a K-12 private academy and the rule was aimed at the high school-aged kids, but the sheer dumbassery involved in the decision to suspend a 9 year old girl for shaving her head in support of a friend with cancer just takes zero tolerance BS to a new level. I mean, it's one thing to suspend a kid because he had a knife in his car - dumb as *that* may be - but for a shaved head?
KDVR.com reports that officials at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction told the student, Kamryn, she couldn't come back to class without a wig or until her natural hair grew back because her shaved head violates the school's dress code.
Then again, I may be a little biased...
I'd love to see a whole bunch of parents shave their heads in protest of this idiotic decision, but I don't see it happening. I do hope that story after story of these moronic "zero tolerance" policies starts to get at least someone thinking about scrapping them. It seems like they create far more problems than they solve - because very few issues truly are "one size fits all." Even in the ones you think would be a slam-dunk - like, say, immediate suspension for drugs in school - becomes significantly more (to borrow a term from our Secretary of State) nuanced when the definition of "drug" is stretched to "over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol." It's easy to boot a kid for having a couple ounces of weed, but a trial size Tylenol bottle?
Zero Tolerance: It's Easier Than Thinking!
That is all.