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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.

    I would not enroll my child in a school where conformity is so high that an act of compassion inadvertently represents an act of rebellion.

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    So enforcing a muturally agreed upon rule is reason wish a person to contract a life threatening disease in your mind.

    That makes sense.
    Using a dress code rule to stop this little girl from showing her support for a friend with cancer deserves tit for tat.

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    It was wrong of them to enforce this rule in this case. However, they did let the girl back immediately and are meeting about changing the rule as we speak.

    God bless both those little girls.
    Good to hear. If the parents were aware that she was going to do this, then I believe the parents acted foolishly and irresponsabily in allowing their child to break the rules without using a tiny bit of intelligence, forethought, and responsability and conversing with the school officials prior to doing it. If they didn't know, then it probalby should be imparted on the child that actions can have consequences and to be sure to check the rules in the future; however, it should be worked out to where she can be back in school quick and easy.

    I'm happy to see it looks like the kid will be able to be back in class and the school will find a way to add a bit more wiggle room to the rule.

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    So enforcing a muturally agreed upon rule is reason wish a person to contract a life threatening disease in your mind.

    That makes sense.
    All enforcement actions require discretion, good enforcement utilizes a good amount of it. The administration has discretion which they failed to utilize until they were forced into a corner because of bad publicity. Discretion it seems these days is a little practiced and rapidly disappearing art form.
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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Using a dress code rule to stop this little girl from showing her support for a friend with cancer deserves tit for tat.
    Oh wow, my apologies. All this time I thought the school had barred the child from class for a few days. I hadn't realized they had afflicted here with a life threatening disease. Sorry about that sawyer, I should've never suggested you were being ridiculous and over the top in your desire for someone to get cancer, it's clearly tit for tat.

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    She could've asked permission from the school. This isn't public school; there are distinct rules.
    She shouldn't need to. Wanna bet they modify the rule?

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    All enforcement actions require discretion, good enforcement utilizes a good amount of it. The administration has discretion which they failed to utilize until they were forced into a corner because of bad publicity. Discretion it seems these days is a little practiced and rapidly disappearing art form.
    In a general sense, I agree with you. I am MUCH more in favor of rules and enforcement that provide for a wide level of discretion.

    At the same time, I also recognize that people in general have created this obnoxious and ridiculous "damend if you don't / damned if you do" society where zero tolerance polices become the norm in part because being hyper offended and sue happy is ALSO the norm, and one came about to combat the other. Both are extremes and both are crappy...but we're not going to get to a point where one or the other isn't the norm unless people can agree to be decent, thinking, rational human beings. And frankly, people as a whole are not seemingly, decent, thinking, rational human beings. Not enough so that a true middle ground seemingly can happen.

    So while I very much dislike Zero Tolerance type of policies, I also have a hard time blaming those that institute them.

    This is heightened here with it being a charter school. Unlike a public school, the parent is CHOOSING to put their child here. They have a "free" alternative with a more publicly enforced style of rules and methods. They CHOSE to enroll their child into a place that promotes "uniformity" and a "distraction free" environment to the point where it bans shaved heads. I have less symapthy for the parents, not the child, being upset or bothered that something they CHOSE to get involved with enforced the rules they CHOSE to agree to.

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Teams usually wear uniforms in order to show solidarity. It can be a positive aspect for any group situation, where the goal is an organized outcome. I think schools with uniform codes help keep kids from over socializing and being distracted during learning time.

    But there's always exceptions to rules that merit consideration. If the school wants to uphold such a rule in this situation, they should take the heat of criticism for it. Even if it was temporarily.

    There's a new TV commercial, where the mother basically encourages her infant age children to blow bubbles in a glass of over flowing, chocolate milk, because she can use the advertised, improved Paper Towels to clean up. The message is "make a mess" because mommy is nuts? I don't get it.

    On one hand, we tell our kids their infallible, and on the other, we penalize them for being independent thinkers. If they turn out confused, should we be surprised?
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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Oh wow, my apologies. All this time I thought the school had barred the child from class for a few days. I hadn't realized they had afflicted here with a life threatening disease. Sorry about that sawyer, I should've never suggested you were being ridiculous and over the top in your desire for someone to get cancer, it's clearly tit for tat.
    Obviously the person or persons that barred this young girl from school for showing her support for a friend with cancer has no experience with the horror of the disease. My remark that they should be injected with cancer was meant to point out the fact that they need to learn some empathy for people with cancer and those that love them. Your trying to take me literally on this is a bit pathetic and dodges the real issue here.

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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    It is a charter school. If you do not like their policies, don't send your kids there.
    F their rules. I'd send my kid back to school with a shaved head wearing an NRA tshirt armed with a dangerous peanut butter sandwich.

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