Kicked Out Of School For Long Hair

Kicked Out Of School For Long Hair

There are 59 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Jan 9, 2008, titled Kicked Out Of School For Long Hair. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

A battle over hair is causing a big fight in Navarro County, Texas. A student in the town of Kerens says he's been kicked out of school because his hair was too long.

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Ann

Grandview, TX

#1 Jan 9, 2008
This is 2008 not the 1950 this a school board superintendent who needs to get a grip.
Dawsonville

Twinsburg, OH

#2 Jan 9, 2008
Leave him alone. At least he is in school. Some people have nothing better to do but be stupid.He has a right to let it grow to his knees if he wants. This is 2008. Hello
Tina

Decatur, GA

#3 Jan 9, 2008
This is a ridiculous. Take a straight A student and good kid and punish him because of the length of his hair. Unbelievable. If he wears it back, what is the issue? If others were inconsistent with the "hair" policy, deal with them specifically.
BLOOD FOR BLOOD

Darrouzett, TX

#4 Jan 9, 2008
I was taken to the office when i was just starting middle school in oconee county a long time ago the sent me home for band T shirts back then and took me to the office bathroom and put my head under very hot water and washed the gell in my hair because I had a mohawk and it was disruptive they said ? but yeat I had never got in any trouble and loved school after the school system was treatend by my parents the stuck me in a special education classroom for a whole year with the down syndrome kids and refused to pass me to the next grade and my family being of a working class two parent family could not afford a lawyer to represent me so the superintendent of the school system refused to get involved because he said his teacher and principals rulling of me was far no I do not think so you should be able to wear your hair how you feel. this boy should be able too.
mom

Norcross, GA

#5 Jan 9, 2008
I smell a civil rights case brewing. I teach at a school w/ a kid who has a checkerboard cut into his hair...then a long mullet, a kid w/ several piercings, and several kids w/ various colors of eye liner (boys). Oh yeah, this is middle school! I thought no one could tell anyone what to do anymore...kudos to TX for trying!
deconstruct

Atlanta, GA

#6 Jan 9, 2008
mom wrote:
I smell a civil rights case brewing. I teach at a school w/ a kid who has a checkerboard cut into his hair...then a long mullet, a kid w/ several piercings, and several kids w/ various colors of eye liner (boys). Oh yeah, this is middle school! I thought no one could tell anyone what to do anymore...kudos to TX for trying!
Yes, god forbid people be individuals! I can understand you may not like it, it may look tacky to you, etc. But if they are good kids I dont see what the problem is. People need to spend more time worrying about themselves, rather than everyone else.
Mom of three

Villa Rica, GA

#8 Jan 10, 2008
Anyone remember what Jesus looks like?
Get a grip and a life and leave this young man alone.
Greg

United States

#10 Jan 10, 2008
Jane wrote:
This is just like the baggy clothes issue in Atlanta. I agree that students should be made to dress and act appropriately for school.
When you are an adult, do what you want. When you are a juvenile, do what you are told.
Kids today are so out of control, and it starts with "minor" crap like this. Parents need to parent and stop trying to be "friends" with their kids.
I wonder how this hair rule applies to the girls? Does anyone know? Is this particular school filled with girls with hair not over the ear, not below the collar, and not covering the eyebrows? Oh I hope not.

I don't like these "looks" personally, but I find it hard to correct something that doesn't appear to be a problem, simply because I don't like it. In the case of this kid, he's a straight A student (according to the report) and it didn't say he was disruptive to other students preventing them from learning, so I'm not sure how cutting his hair is a corrective action.

We should be teaching conformancy to our LAWS, not our style choices.
Common Sense

Mableton, GA

#11 Jan 10, 2008
What is the world coming to? There is nothing wrong with the young man wearing long hair. Why is it considered a violation of the school's policy? His hair does not affect his learning ability or any other student's for that matter. The school systems are really enforcing nonsense, when they should be promoting a safer environment for the pupils.
josh union ga

Kingsland, GA

#12 Jan 10, 2008
the bible says it was a shame for a man to have long hair.and if you study you will see jesus only had long hair while he was held captive. there is prophetic scrip around isaiah that says the lord shaved his hair. he is not a hippy looking guy or limp wristed the way a lot of your pic show .if you read your bible there is a lot of things in there to see about his apperence instead of leaning on some devils artwork
Donna

Marietta, GA

#13 Jan 10, 2008
I have a 19 year old son. His senior yr in high school, he let his hair grow. He had never had long hair before and just decided he wanted to wear it long. It was not an issue at his school nor was it an issue for me. He made good grades, was in the school orchestra, was a library aide and never got in trouble. He didn't smoke, drink or drive recklessly. I believed (and still do), if long hair was the only thing he did, I was extremely blessed. Considering all the things he could be doing, I could tolerate long hair. He is now in college and his hair is short again. There are so many other problems in schools today to worry about than the length of their hair.
jjj

Atlanta, GA

#14 Jan 10, 2008
Simple answer. Get a haircut.

Since: Jan 08

Moultrie, GA

#16 Jan 10, 2008
jjj wrote:
Simple answer. Get a haircut.
Why? If he likes his hair the way it is then he should keep it that way. The superintendent's duty is to educate the kids. Not become a dress cop. It could be distracting him from bigger issues like the kids who are just not showing up to scool.
Betty

United States

#17 Jan 10, 2008
Greg wrote:
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We should be teaching conformancy to our LAWS, not our style choices.
Sounds as if that is what they are trying to do.

Since: Jul 07

Atlanta (Peachtree City)

#18 Jan 10, 2008
Jane is right. This is a dress code issue and is no different then sagging pants. How can some of you be OK with this breach of the dress code but yet your ready to thugify those that wear baggy pant. Back in the day long unruly hair was a sign of those that went against the grain and were a bit on the wild side just as sagging pants are perceived today. If he should stay because he is an A student and a good kid then so should sagging pants A students and yes I know of some.

The superintendent stated:
“Unfortunately, students were not consistent in their compliance and because of lack of compliance...

It was not their lack of consistent compliance it was the lack of consistent enforcement. You can't blame the kids for doing what they have been allowed to get away with due to the principals interpretation of the code. If this guy has been wearing his hair pulled back the same way for two years then it is wrong now to try to enforce the rule to this extent. Let him remain in school and start fresh with the rules next school year.
limp wrist hippy wannabe

Lawrenceville, GA

#19 Jan 10, 2008
josh union ga wrote:
the bible says it was a shame for a man to have long hair.and if you study you will see jesus only had long hair while he was held captive. there is prophetic scrip around isaiah that says the lord shaved his hair. he is not a hippy looking guy or limp wristed the way a lot of your pic show .if you read your bible there is a lot of things in there to see about his apperence instead of leaning on some devils artwork
John, shut up you limp wristed hippy.
Hmmmm

Atlanta, GA

#20 Jan 10, 2008
The school needs to set standards first, then stick to them. Rather than trying to deal with these issues retroactively.
Brad

Atlanta, GA

#22 Jan 10, 2008
deconstruct wrote:
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Yes, god forbid people be individuals! I can understand you may not like it, it may look tacky to you, etc. But if they are good kids I dont see what the problem is. People need to spend more time worrying about themselves, rather than everyone else.
You follow the rules or you face the consequences. Duh? Duh?

What part of this do you idiots not understand? Duh? Duh?

If you don't like the way the schools are governed, bring it up at the next PTA meeting. That is, if you know what the PTA is for? Sometimes it's easy to see why we have such idiots in our schools. Look who raised them?
07 Jeeper

Boynton Beach, FL

#23 Jan 10, 2008
he looks like a prime candidate that would shoot/blow up a school.

of course... the school administrative system may be provoking him by kicking him out.

Since: Aug 07

West Palm Beach

#24 Jan 10, 2008
As a mom I always try to choose my battles. Long hair not an issue for me as long as all else is fine. BUT, if it is the dress code then you comply period. I agree that the princiable should have enforced the code all along. Now that he is saying no to the long hair he has just set himself up to fail. Let the kid go back to school and start fresh next year. Make sure you send a notice home at the end of the school year and at the beginning of next year.

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