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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    If enough parents pulled their kids out of the school in protest, the rule would change pretty quickly.
    I'm not sure many would do that - as a charter school, it's likely that admissions are somewhat limited and hard to get and probably, otherwise, they provide a good education. Not many people will risk making waves on principle if it will potentially harm their own child. But certainly it would be nice if the parent association and other parents got behind this child/family and got the suspension waived even if the rule remains intact.
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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
    then i would not send your kids to private and or public school. when i was younger i went to private school. the dress code was enforced.

    Guys

    No hair below the ear line
    shirts could not be unbuttoned below the 1st button
    jeans could only be worn on certain days.
    dress shirts and slacks

    Girls
    Dresses and skirts
    skirts could not be above the knee etc...

    this was enforced at all times. they didn't care. if you violated the dress code you got written up.
    I went to private Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary level. We had very strict dress codes too, but the Priests and Nuns were not so utterly anal that they didn't understand that life is happening outside the school's doors. We frequently had "dress down days" to raise funds for charity or special days to support a student who was or whose family was going through a serious medical problem.

    It's not about private schools or dress codes - it's about ignorant, self-absorbed administrators and teachers who believe they run the world and can't think outside of a handbook they're handed. It's pathetic what passes for education leadership these days.
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    Re: Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm not sure many would do that - as a charter school, it's likely that admissions are somewhat limited and hard to get and probably, otherwise, they provide a good education. Not many people will risk making waves on principle if it will potentially harm their own child. But certainly it would be nice if the parent association and other parents got behind this child/family and got the suspension waived even if the rule remains intact.
    Yeah, but it's really not necessary. The school saw the rule violation, took action to show rules have meaning and then allowed an exception in her case allowing her back to school. The school board is meeting to review the rule. Everyone did the right thing here.

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

    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.

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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
    Yeah, but it's really not necessary. The school saw the rule violation, took action to show rules have meaning and then allowed an exception in her case allowing her back to school. The school board is meeting to review the rule. Everyone did the right thing here.
    The outcome may be correct, in the end, but I don't agree that everyone did the right thing here. To punish a child for having shown her love and support for a friend in trouble is just so wrong on so many levels. Considering how selfish and self-centered many young people are today, this child should have been given a student of the month badge/trophy and held up as an example of how others can show support and empathy for those less fortunate.
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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
    Why is this hard? If you don't like the rules, do not send your kid to the school.
    "Rules" yes rules, more rules, can't have enough rules, rules must NEVER be broken, oh the glory of rules.
    When rules are stupid they must be broken in order to change them.
    It's nothing more than X's and O's.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I went to private Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary level. We had very strict dress codes too, but the Priests and Nuns were not so utterly anal that they didn't understand that life is happening outside the school's doors. We frequently had "dress down days" to raise funds for charity or special days to support a student who was or whose family was going through a serious medical problem.

    It's not about private schools or dress codes - it's about ignorant, self-absorbed administrators and teachers who believe they run the world and can't think outside of a handbook they're handed. It's pathetic what passes for education leadership these days.
    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rhinefire View Post
    "Rules" yes rules, more rules, can't have enough rules, rules must NEVER be broken, oh the glory of rules.
    When rules are stupid they must be broken in order to change them.
    life is run by rules and guidelines. people that break them usually end up in jail or dead.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    The outcome may be correct, in the end, but I don't agree that everyone did the right thing here. To punish a child for having shown her love and support for a friend in trouble is just so wrong on so many levels. Considering how selfish and self-centered many young people are today, this child should have been given a student of the month badge/trophy and held up as an example of how others can show support and empathy for those less fortunate.
    I disagree. She should not be celebrated by the school for breaking a school rule. However, what she did was so purely good I believe the school did the right thing in excepting her from the rule. It says two things to the student body - one that the rules matter and are equally applied and two that there can be exceptions for previously unforeseen circumstances.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    It's not that surprising. Liberals LOVE rules telling other people what to do. They only hate the rules that tell them what to do.
    Hey, I have to agree with the school, the rule was in the student handbook. They're probably worried about skinheads in the school or something, but the rule was there. They're required to enforce it.
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