UPDATE: Under intense pressure, Caprock Academy has decided to allow Kamryn Renfro to return to school.
School says girl violated the dress code
March 25, 2014
A Colorado girl who shaved her head to support a friend who went bald due to cancer treatment was suspended from school for violating the dress code.
Kamryn Renfro decided to shave her head to support her friend Delaney Clements who was undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 4 cancer, but school officials at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction barred her from returning to the public charter school until her hair grew back, according to the Daily Sentinel.
They later said she could return but under the stipulation that they would discuss the situation during a closed meeting today.
Officials planned the special meeting only after receiving massive pressure from outraged residents and others who heard the story through social media.
In yesterday’s announcement of the meeting, school president Norton Breman stated that shaved heads were not allowed by the dress code policy, “which was created to promote safety, uniformity and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.”
She also added that exceptions to the policy may be made “under exigent and extraordinary circumstances,” which Renfro’s mother, Jamie Olson Renfro, asked for in the first place.
“Words can not express how humbled my family is from all the support that our friends, family and even people we have never met before, have shown us through this ordeal that we started [Sunday] evening,” Renfro wrote on Facebook.
The outpouring of support was immense.
“For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I think it was a huge statement,” said Celement’s mother, Wendy Campbell. “It builds character.”
And Americans across the country were disgusted at the school’s initial response.
“She didn’t shave her head to be a part of a gang or a rebel,” Corrina Shirley, a mother of two, told NBC 11 News. “She shaved her head to show her friend that she wasn’t alone.”
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for school officials to punish a student irrationally.
Recently, a Ohio high school student was arrested and expelled after school officials searched his car without his consent and found a pocket knife.
The knife was part of the student’s EMT training kit used to cut seat belts of accident victims in crashed cars.
And earlier this month, a fifth grader from Ohio was suspended for three days after he pointed his finger like a gun.
School officials have gotten so bizarre in their punishments that it’s taking entire communities to reign them back in to reality.
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