School Suspends Boy Over Long Hair

06/01/2010 09:34 | Updated 22 May 2015

A four-year-old boy with long hair has been suspended from pre-kindergarden because his hair breaks the school district's dress code.

The boy sports a haircut that's long on the front and sides and covers his ears and shirt collar, therefore breaking the dress code. His punishment is an in-school suspension, where he has to sit next to a teacher's aide in the library whilst his friends play outside and sit together in a classroom.

Little Taylor said "They kicked me out that place, I miss my friends"

His parents claim the boy was planning to eventually cut his hair and donate it to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients.

Taylor's father Delton Pugh suggested that the school was "more concerned about his hair than his education". Delton doesn't feel that his haircut was affecting his education, so doesn't see why the boy needed to get his hair cut.

The discussion came to a head last month when the school wrote to the boy's parents asking them to cut his hair or they'd have to withdraw him from the school. They refused to cut his hair, so the school carried out their threat.

On his return to school, officials discovered his hair was even longer, but rejected a further suspension. Instead, they've opted for an in-school suspension so he doesn't miss out on any more education.

The district is known for their strict code of conduct, and earlier this year a seventh-grader was sent home when he turned up for school in black skinny pants.

The district defends it's stance by suggesting that "students who dress and groom themselves neatly, and in an acceptable and appropriate manner, are more likely to become constructive members of the society in which we live"

What do you think about this situation? Do you think the school was too harsh?

Source: Dallas Morning News

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