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

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    Humanity is just lost on some people. Frankly, I think it's a shame people with cancer who've lost their hair often feel forced to cover it.

    Cover it why? They're fighting one of the nastiest diseases known to man. Whenever I see someone out in public with obvious chemo-balding, I think they're a ****ing badass. Why should they be ashamed?

    Saw a woman recently who was chemo-bald, out powerwalking down the sidewalk with walking sticks. Something about her just said, "Yeah, I'm bald. Screw you." I thought she was the coolest thing ever.

    The fact that such human tenacity is considered "distraction," and supporting it is considered "distraction" is what is wrong with our culture, and our schools. Yeah, they have a right to do it as a charter, but they're teaching their students that humanity is irrelevant and meaningless. Disgusting. This could be a teachable moment in character building, and instead it's just a "distraction."

    I'd totally support a mass head-shaving protest, and I'd love to show up to the party myself.
    Way to objectify people with cancer.

    (This post is entirely sarcastic and not intended to be mean-spirited to either the poster quoted or people with cancer. CycloneWanderer is not responsible for any offense taken as a result of this post.)

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer | Fox News

    It's times like these I wish parents would/could take a stand. And I wish 15 other classmates would shave their heads. The stand I wish the little girl's parents would let her take would be to NOT attend school until the rule is changed. How simple would it be to amend the rule to allow shaved heads when one student in the school has lost his/hers due to cancer??

    Easy-Peasy.

    I am positively SICK of these academicians who don't have brain cells.
    Kinda like violating the 1st Amendment rights of a pro-life student group.
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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    She shouldn't need to. Wanna bet they modify the rule?
    Sure, I'll take that bet.

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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
    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.
    You have a hard time blaming an administration who suspends a 10-year-old three days for making a pointy-finger gun? Really?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludin View Post
    no they are called rules for a reason, and i am sure if the girl had asked before hand there wouldn't have been an issue, but she didn't and went ahead and did it anyway.

    normally i side in favor of the students simply because schools are stupid, but i know how private schools are run. unlike public schools they expect you to follow the rules.
    they let her back in.

    they still upheld the policy as stated.
    I'm pretty aware of how private schools are run having spent about 50 of my 58 years associated with private Catholic schools. No private Catholic school that I know of here would ever consider suspending a 9 yr old child because she had such charity in her heart that she wanted to mimic what her friend was going through and show her love and support in a very public and tangible way.

    The fact that the school "upheld the policy as stated" tells me that the administrators of this school didn't learn a thing from this incident and the bad publicity it's garnered. At the very least, they should have indicated that they will be reviewing the policy to make allowances for such a possibility in the future.
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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 your answer is to perpetrate fraud for a large sum of money.

    Gotcha.
    want to effect change with a bureaucracy ... hit them in the pocketbook. hard!
    yea, justify banishing a student because their head was shaved to eliminate lice ... either that or pay up

    I think the rule being applied here is ridiculous, but it's also a private school. The parents should've understood what they were going into when they signed their kid up. If they wanted to shave the head, they should've checked with the school first in terms of a possible waiver with regards to the policy.
    [emphasis added by bubba to make this point]
    my understanding is the school is a charter school. paid for by taxpayers' dollars. don't see what is so 'private' about that
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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    If you don't understand the way the phase was used that is not my problem.

    But to help you out. There should be grey areas to rules.
    your useage of the word "never" here eliminates the very flexibility you are advocating:
    Things should never be so black/white that exceptions cannot be made.
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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
    I really can't grasp how anyone could hide behind a "dress code" in making a decision like this. Whoever made this ruling needs to be given cancer if that was possible.
    I find it interesting that it is categorized under the heading of 'dress code.'

    I didnt see if the parents knew ahead of time of the rule...did they? I mean, if they were curious, would they even have known where to look for it?

    To me it seems hygiene-related but I'm guessing the school related it to gangs/skin heads?
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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Meh...some rules are meant to be broken.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    I find it interesting that it is categorized under the heading of 'dress code.'

    I didnt see if the parents knew ahead of time of the rule...did they? I mean, if they were curious, would they even have known where to look for it?

    To me it seems hygiene-related but I'm guessing the school related it to gangs/skin heads?
    The rule was about a dress code pure and simple. Throwing this little girl out for shaving her head in support of a friend with cancer is like giving a speeding ticket to a man taking his pregnant wife to the hospital at above the speed limit when she has a baby foot sticking out of her.

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