In Hurricane Utah a middle school student was told she couldn’t return to class until her hair is back to a “Natural” color. In the above picture is Rylee from Hurricane.
Although the school administrators have the right to determine if a student’s hair is too extreme, the mother is the one saying that they are wrong. Rylee the 15 year old student has been dying her hair red since September of last year, and has had her hair colored every six weeks with the same color since. But the School administrations have felt it had become a problem.
When the mother asked if she could finish off the week and she would take her to get it professionally dyed over the weekend, the vice principal suggested she go buy a box of dye.
After much back and forth the school offered to let Rylee do her schoolwork in a room off the office, but the mother didn’t want her daughter to be separated from classmates and lessons saying that her daughter had been humiliated enough by them.
The school district policy 3.1.4: “Hair color should be within the spectrum of color that grows naturally.”
Personally why does this even matter if she’s got, Red, Pink, or Blue hair. Why do schools think that this distracts students from learning and being educated? Why is this girl being segregated and treated this way for an “unnatural” hair color? Why can’t we just let our children express themselves as they choose (with some guide lines) not extreme restrictions? Maybe just maybe they’d feel like its ok to be different its ok not to be a plastic mold of what everyone else wants you to be its just ok to be YOU!
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”― Ansel Adams