I was listening to the radio the other day and they were talking about a story in the U.P. Michigan where a 5th grade girl was kicked out of school for dying her hair pink. She was told that it was a distraction and that she cannot come back to school until her hair is back to a normal color. School officials made sure to tell the parents that she is not suspended. They are actually considering this like a case of head lice.
The radio station was asking listeners to call in and state whether they agreed with the school or not. I kind of see both sides of the issue. I am all for kids expressing their creativity and whatnot and while one side of me says that her pink hair is really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things and that the other children should learn to deal with it…I can also understand where it would cause problems in the classroom with people staring.
However, do I think that the school should be able to dictate what color your hair is? No…not unless it was already written up in the school dress code. Then right or wrong, it’s a rule…follow it. But in this situation, there was nothing in the dress code about hair color. So instead of ostracizing the girl, I would use it as a teachable moment for the other kids to learn some tolerance of other people and learn that not everyone is a like. What if a kid came into school with a big white streak down the center of their head…something they can’t help or change, but distracting nonetheless (or no more distracting than pink hair)…is that child going to be sent home until the parents buy him or her a wig? No of course not.
What are your thoughts?