However, a code is only as good as the people enforcing it. Caprock Academy in Grand Junction decided to suspend a 9 year old girl from class because she shaved her head. For the record Caprock is a public charter school that is molded on the premise of a classical education, it has established behavior codes including a dress code and going there is a parental choice. There are other public schools available in the area, so its not like following the rules at Caprock is the only choice.
If you are trying to follow the links I provided to Caprock, good luck the server seems to be getting a lot more traffic than it can handle due to the news coverage. It is there and I have every confidence that they posted the rules and made the kids and parents aware of them long before the incident occurred. Which is absolutely the correct thing to do.
Incidentally the section on ladies hair requirements is:
Ladies’ Hair: Should be neatly combed or styled. No shaved heads. Hair accessories must be red, white, navy, black or brown. Neat barrettes, headbands and “scrunchies” are permissible. Hair should not be arranged or colored so as to draw undue attention to the student. Hair must be natural looking and conservative in its color. Radical changes in hair color during the school year are unacceptable.What happened is that little Kamryn has a friend, Delaney who has cancer. The chemo treatments are causing Delaney's hair to fall out. I don't know where Kamryn got the idea to shave her head. I know that other kids have done this and that its been in the news. Let's face it. Saving your head because someone else is losing their hair due to cancer treatments is a symbolic gesture. It does nothing to help anyone. It doesn't help cure the cancer. At best it gives the person with cancer a little mood boost. As symbolic gestures go, its a fine one. I would have done it as a kid. Heck I'd do it today as an adult for a kid.
The result of the head shaving was a suspension from school for breaking "the rules".
As I read the schools rules, I see that they have an honorable intent. The school simply wants to avoid dress and hair styles that are potentially disruptive to the learning process. They crafted their code to reflect that intent. I believe that the rules can best be understood by picturing a 9 year old girl who decides to dress and do her hair in a Miley Cyrus fashion.
They don't want this crap in their school.
What they need to understand is its not the same thing. They should have understood that before they got a bunch of bad press for bad decision making. I believe it was the bad press, not common sense that caused them to change their mind and let her return to school.