9-year-old kid barred from school for shaving her head in support of cancer-stricken friend.
Rebel with a very specific cause which her school should have acknowledged.
(screengrab via FoxNews)
9-year-old Kamryn Renfro of Grand Junction, Colorado is the sort of kid your parents secretly wished you were more like. When her friend Delaney Clements started losing her hair upon starting chemotherapy to battle neuroblastoma cancer, she decided to shave her head as well, because "it felt like the right thing to do." We should all do whatever we can to hold Kamryn up as an example and encourage other children to emulate her empathy and compassion.
Naturally, she was no longer allowed to go to school with other children. Her act of charity put her afoul of the dress code for Caprock Academy, the charter school in Grand Junction where Kamryn is a student. Even when Kamyrn's mom emailed the school to explain to them why Kamryn was bald, she was told that Kamryn would have to either grow her hair back (how long is long enough, by the way?) or put on a wig to come back to class, despite how cool it looks in this video:
She may not be out of class, but she's learned a valuable lesson about petty bureaucrats.
As Catherine Norton Bremen, Caprock's President and Chair explains, "Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted." So, uniformity doesn't include people willing to do something dramatic for a friend, and non-distracting includes wigs and forcing people to leave school for helping cancer patients. One could also point out that banning shaved heads could be unfair to, say, boys of ethnicities where shaved heads are more common than in the 91.6% white Grand Junction, but if kids with cancer don't rate around here, there's no point in even bringing it up.
After a day of non-stop media attention, Caprock announced that Kamryn could attend classes today, saying they were "happy to have the student back," even though her fate will be decided tonight by a closed-door meeting of the Board of Directors. If anyone on the Board is reading this, consider adding a "don't make a laughingstock out of the school on TV" rule for your administrators that requires them to take a breath and think for five minutes before kicking someone off campus. This will force officials to ask themselves, "will banning a student who shaved her head to help her young friend with cancer look bad to anyone who is not a villain in a Roald Dahl story?" If the answer is yes, do not send the kid home. If the answer is no, you are a villain in a Roald Dahl story.
Just so we're clear, Caprock: we are both mad and disappointed.
(by Johnny McNulty)