7th grader is suspended for dying her hair pink in honor of her mother and grandmother
A South Carolina seventh-grader was given an in-school suspension for dying the bottom part of her hair pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The school dress code restricts nonhuman-colored hair. Rheanne Sargent of Belton was suspended for one day after a vice principal at Belton Middle School caught a glimpse of her pink hair. The girl’s mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and her grandmother died of the disease. The mother and daughter dyed their hair in solidarity.
Another example of social correctness includes, Jake Balthazor of Coon Rapids, Minn., who was required to remove the rosary beads he wore to school in honor of his cancer-stricken grandmother over concerns that they could be a possible gang symbol.
Society has become so socially and politically correct that we can’t even allow children to honor their family members. Are you kidding me? This whole story is totally ridiculous. This girl’s intentions weren’t to undermine the dress code. It was meant in solidarity to her mother and grandmother. If dying her hair pink gives her any comfort then I don’t see what the problem is. She only dyed the bottom portion of her hair, so as to resemble her mother’s hairstyle.
If her mother were to lose her hair from chemotherapy and the daughter decided to shave her hair in unity would the school object to that?
Sometimes the people who you’d expected to exhibit the most empathy and compassion are the ones who exhibit the most ardent nature. This entire situation is not only disappointing, but only perpetuates the deterring of unity. I still don’t understand how her hair color affected her classmates.
What do you think?
Should this girl be able to dye her hair in honor of her grandmother (who lost her battle against cancer) and her mother who is battling the disease now?
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