Pink-haired student invited back to school

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/21/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )

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A school that barred a sixth grader after she dyed her hair pink with her parents' blessing to celebrate her good grades lifted its ban on Tuesday following an outcry from civil rights advocates.



After missing three days of classes, pink-haired Brianna Moore headed back to Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark, Delaware, on Tuesday after administrators reversed their decision after a call from the Delaware branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).



"We're on our way right now," said Kevin Moore as he drove his 12-year-old daughter to school.



At his daughter's request last week, he helped dye her hair a shade called crimson storm, which has a pink hue, as a reward for improving her grades.



But when she showed up for school the next day, she was sent home and told not to return until her hair met school policy mandating a "natural color, brown, blond, black, natural red/auburn."



The ACLU soon got in touch with attorneys for the school district and asked, "Don't you think this is unconstitutional?" said Kathleen MacRae, ACLU executive director in Delaware.



Moore was invited back to school with assurances she would not be punished, said Wendy Lapham, school district spokeswoman.



"The hair is not going to be an issue," Lapham said.




Just when I think I have heard it all, another "odd" rule/law comes along.



I dunno, I think the parents were great for keeping to their word of allowing their daughter partake in changing her hair colour, since she did as they asked and improved her grades. I mean come on. It is HAIR people. I fail to see what the big deal was. Where is the freedom of expression?



I think there are many more terrible things that can be looked at in schools, other than hair colour.



Many kids at my daughter's school have multi-coloured hair. They are simply finding ways to express themselves. Heck, I have seen grown women with much "weirder" hair than the girl in this article. Pfffft, I say.. ;)



What do you think? Over kill? Would you have an issue with your or another "preteen/teen" child having a "different" hair colour, other than the "norm"? Let alone at school?



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So why is it that a student can be barred from school for having pink hair, yet a student who bullies and torments can be allowed to stay? Doesn't make sense to me....

Jenni - posted on 03/23/2012

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This is such a non-issue, or should be... really? Hair colour?



In grade 7&8 we use to dye strands of our hair with koolaid or food colouring. If children want to express their individuality through their hair colour, it's so harmless. Since when is individuality seen as a negative? If it's done in a non-harmful way, it should be admired. And yeah, they never cared in my grade school or high school. If children want to express their individuality or just find it fun to stand out from the crowd or boast their favourite colour in their hair. How is that harming or effecting anyone else?

Sylvia - posted on 03/24/2012

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It's great that the family went to bat for her right to have pink hair, and it's great that the school district backed down. I'm still kind of disgusted that they even made it an issue, though. They don't have bigger problems to worry about?

Amanda - posted on 03/22/2012

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That hair isnt even really pink, its very close to natural hair colour. When I first read I thought it was like bright pink like my daugther does. Man this school would have a field day with my daughters head, I never know what new colour shes going to come out of the shower with. Right now shes bleach blonde with bright blue bangs. Few months ago she was purple, pink, blue.



The school systems have much more important things to worry about, like 12 year olds who can barely read, or bullies, or 12 year old girls who are going to end up pregnant soon.

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Lori - posted on 08/02/2014

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if the school's policy stated what the dress code was...they shouldn't have allowed the student back. if you don't like the policy, change schools. welcome to the real world.

there should be stricter rules in schools anyway. i was appalled at the clothing, etc. that was allowed sometimes at my kids' high school and middle school - which is (one of the many reasons) why we will be paying for our grandchildren to attend private schools.

i have to keep them out of the horrible environment.

i stopped shopping at a grocery store because they were beginning to allow cashiers with blue hair, tattoos, etc. they have since tightened up their policies. i don't want a cashier with a neck tattoo and blue hair ringing my groceries. THAT is not reflective of the neighborhood or the clientele.

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It's not really a good idea to dye your daughter or son's hair pink anywhere because in the real world if you were going for a job interview with a natural brunette and you have bright pink hair, they would choose the brunette and they'd say to you, go to Comic-Con with the other pink haired freaks

Tracie - posted on 03/25/2012

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I grew up in Delaware and this doesn't surprise me one bit. They frown on non-conformists there. That's why I live in California now. :-)

Stifler's - posted on 03/23/2012

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When I was in year 4 we used to colour the front bits in with highlighter and red permanent marker LOL. No one ever said anything.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/22/2012

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I agree Janice. I am glad the parents in this case did and won... ;)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/22/2012

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Ahh, I beg to differ in regards to whether or not short skirts are harmful. IMO, they most definitely are. It is a protection of their body.



I guess it all depends on which "public" school attended. Since makeup, Jewelry and hair colour are not an issue at my daughter's public junior high school (which includes grade 6).



Sounds to me it is a private school you speak of, I don't believe this article is in regard to a private school, since they allowed the child back "with" her pink hair... ;)

Janice - posted on 03/22/2012

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While I'm not a fan of strict dress codes, Tracy makes an excellent point. If it was a part of the school's dress code the school has every right to enforce the code. Unfortunately part of life is following stupid rules. While challenging dumb rules may be necessary, if you want them to be changed, you cant get too upset with consequence of the challenging them.

Tracey - posted on 03/22/2012

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Daughters school uniform policy covers clothing, shoes, hair, make up and jewellery, for staff as well as pupils. Doesn't matter if they agreed with a particular rule, they broke it.

Hair colour is not harmful but then neither are short skirts, body piercing, leather / denim clothes, chokers and boots, all of which are banned in our school. If one person gets away with breaking the rules then everyone else will copy with their own interpretation of harmless appearance / behaviour.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/22/2012

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Tracey---



My daughter's public school is very strict on particular clothing arrangement as well. The skirts must reach to the end of their finger tips when arms are at their side. Any shorter, get sent home. Their summer shirts must have a shoulder span of 2 full finger widths, or get sent home to change (or put a sweater/coat on).



These rules are there because they don't want the kids coming to school wearing clothes that are revealing. This I completely understand. It is practicing security for their young bodies.



Although, when it comes to hair? No. What is a colour of hair harming or how can it be harmful? It was a public school from my understanding, it was not a private school, where there would be obvious dresscode from tip to toe.



I think it is very silly and this girl and family should truly be compensated for the 3 days the parents more than likely had to come up with alternatives while she was out, such as staying home from work (if they both worked and one had to take 3 days off).



Honestly, IMO, the school policy should be revoked. I hope this incident set a precedence in her school, that hair colour doesn't matter. ;)

Tracey - posted on 03/22/2012

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My daughters school has the same rule, also very strict on uniforms. Wear a skirt an inch too short and get sent home to change. The hair colour is irrelevant, she broke a rule, she was punished.



Assuming she knew the rules before she dyed her hair why couldn't she wait for the holidays and dye it then. My daughter and friends always dye their hair on the first day of the holidays in the most unnatural colours available, this year they are trying to co-ordinate a rainbow between them, but it all washes out or gets dyed back to natural before they go back to school.

Janice - posted on 03/21/2012

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When I was in 11th grade a friend of mine who attended a different school than me glued his long hair into 18inch (approx.) into a spiky mohawk. He was immediately suspended because it caused a distraction. In my own school my friends and I were bullied and when we went to the principal he said it was our own fault for dressing differently.



In general I think school officials see self expression as a form of rebellion that may lead to or is an indicator of bad behavior.



I think it is perfectly fine. Young people need to be able to express themselves. Pink hair is no big deal. Although, in hindsight I can see how an 18 inch spiked mohawk may be distracting ;) Lol

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dood there are women in their eighties with blue hair. they're seriously going to try to punish a 12yo for having pink hair????? this is ridiculous, i'm glad they reversed the decision and it better not count against the poor girl. bull crap...

Firebird - posted on 03/21/2012

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My now 7 year old daughter had pink streaks in her blonde hair last year. Didn't wash out for over 2 months. We might do blue after her next trim. No biggie.

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So far this year, my son has worn his faux hawk to school (pre-K) in just about every color they sell. So you get three guesses to figure out how I feel about the little girl being sent home for pink hair. In fact, pink is a shade we haven't tried......yet......but he's still young lol

Jodi - posted on 03/21/2012

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Wow, being expelled for hair color...just wow. I personally, hope my daughters don't dye their hair ever, not because I'm adverse to new colors...but it's all those chemicals, and it's so bad for your hair! lol I do not, however, have a problem with kids dying their hair. It is just hair after all, it's not permanent, your hair will grow out with time and be back to it's beautiful natural color. I personally don't get the whole hair dying phenomenon, but I don't have to understand it, so meh!

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