This story got my nerves

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  1. ml1209

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    Four-year-old boy suspended from school for long hair. His parents refused to cut his hair to conform to the school's dress code. They must be hippies.

    Boy, 4, and parents won't yield on his long hair | News Bizarre | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

    'Tater Tot' sticks to guns in hair fight



    BALCH SPRINGS — Taylor Pugh has been suspended from pre-kindergarten because he likes his hair a little on the floppy side.
    The four-year-old sat with a teacher's aide in a suburban Dallas school library Wednesday while his friends played and studied together in a classroom.
    "They kicked me out that place," said Taylor, who prefers the nickname Tater Tot. "I miss my friends."
    Taylor's locks — long on the front and sides, covering his earlobes and shirt collar — violate the school district's dress code. He has been punished with in-school suspension since late last month.
    His parents say the boy plans to eventually cut his hair and donate it to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. And they are not happy with the district's rules.
    The school district appears "more concerned about his hair than his education," said Taylor's father, Delton Pugh. "I don't think it's right to hold a child down and force him to do something ... when it's not hurting him or affecting his education."
    Pugh, a tattoo artist, said he used to shave his own head but that his son "made me pinky promise I would let my hair grow long with him."
    The follicle fight came to a head last month when Taylor's parents received a signed letter from Floyd Elementary School's principal, threatening to withdraw the boy from school if his hair didn't comply with district standards.
    When Taylor's parents didn't budge, their son was suspended.
    When the boy returned, his hair was longer than ever. But school officials decided suspension was too harsh and changed the punishment.
    "They still have regular classroom work, but in an isolated environment," Mesquite Independent School District spokesman Ian Halperin said of the modified in-school suspension that Taylor is serving. "We expect students ... to adhere to the code of conduct."
    According to the district dress code, boys' hair must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt. Hairstyles "designed to attract attention to the individual or to disrupt the orderly conduct of the classroom or campus (are) not permitted," the policy states.
    The district is known for standing tough on its dress code. Earlier this year, a seventh-grader in the district was sent home for wearing black skinny pants. His parents chose to home-school him.
    On its Web site, the district defends its code, saying "students who dress and groom themselves neatly, and in an acceptable and appropriate manner, are more likely to become constructive members of the society in which we live."
    A persistent violator could face additional suspensions, but such issues are handled on a case-by-case basis, Halperin said.
    Pugh said the issue is about more than hair. He said his son is being singled out, and that he has seen other male students in the district with hair much longer than Taylor's.
    "Nobody wants to meet in the middle. It's all or nothing," Pugh said. "He's my son. I love him. I will back him to the end."
     


  2. Fisherman777

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    Absolutely right! There should be a dress code.
     
  3. Big country

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    I have no problem with him getting expelled for not adhering to the dress code that everyone else has to live up to.
     
  4. MadMo44Mag

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    I have to agree.
    I was the 1st guy at my High School with an ear ring in the 70's and that caused quite a stir so I can understand the school boards rule of dress.
    I only did it to have another reason to start a conversation with girls.
    "wow I like your ear rings can I barrow one" - LOL!!!!
     
  5. randomoutburst

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    If the kid is actually trying to grow his hair out for something like Locks of Love, then I don't see a problem. Is he not trying to be a "productive member of society" by giving back to someone else?
    I didn't see if the school was private or public - in either case, though, if the parents don't feel that the dress code is acceptable, they should change schools, homeschool, or talk with the administration about the reason the boy's hair is so long.
    I went to high school with a couple guys and a girl who grew out their hair for Locks of Love and administration thought it admirable and featured them in our school paper and broadcast.
     
  6. dee

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    I don't see the big deal either exspecially since its for a good cause. The kid isn't interupting someone else's education then whats the problem.
     
  7. Dawico

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    Boys shouldn't have long hair for any reason. The charity excuse is probably a cop out after the fact. Is it worth disrupting his education? I am all about bucking the system and all that, but this is really petty on both ends.
     
  8. dday

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    Funny but i grew my hair to my belt over and over again then shaved it all off and sent it to locks of love. I have a certificate for donating something like 50 feet of hair in 10 years or something. I stopped doing it when a bald spot started to appear:332:. I never had in problems in school and i started doing it when i was 12 or 13. Then again there was no dress code against it.
     
  9. hkusp1

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    thats a load of horse crap. the school district needs to get their priorities in line and stop worrying about the way a kid looks, as long as it doesn't pose a health risk leave it alone and educate the dam kid.
     
  10. Wraith

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    This:
    On its Web site, the district defends its code, saying "students who dress and groom themselves neatly, and in an acceptable and appropriate manner, are more likely to become constructive members of the society in which we live."

    = crap. More social indoctrination bullshit. The boys long hair doesn't distract anyone as much as a girl's hair. If they want to fight it they can state the fact that it's gender discrimination.

    Acceptable and appropriate manner? Who defines this? I'm suprised that most people here think that he should cut his hair to conform to what the school deems as "socially acceptable grooming standards". Hitler had some ideas on that too........
     

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