Friday, April 25, 2008

First grader banned from school over Mohawk

This is what America's so-called public schools have stooped to?

In Manatee County, Florida, a first grader has been illegally barred from school until he gets rid of his Mohawk hairstyle. The school never raised a peep about the haircut until just a few days ago. (Wow! The school is advancing backwards!)

Supposedly, the advisory council at Palma Sola Elementary ruled that Mohawks are not allowed under the school dress code. Accordingly, the principal sniffed, "Our community has said, here is the minimum you have to do at Palma Sola and I have to enforce it." Oh yeah? Let's contrast: On one side, you have the school's advisory board, which says a hairstyle isn't allowed. On the other side, you have the First Amendment, which says public schools can't have such arbitrary rules.

So it's the U.S. Constitution versus some school's advisory council. Who do you think should win that battle?

It really wasn't even the community that set the dress code. It was the council, not the community. If Florida is anything like Kentucky, it's an unelected board, and usually you have to support the school's arbitrary policies to even be appointed to it. There's no accountability to anyone.

Banning a student from school for a haircut is even sillier than banning them for something like a shirt. A hairstyle is part of the body. At least a shirt can be changed. This is like that high school in Iowa banning kids because they had tattoos. (Apparently the school expected them to undergo laser tattoo removal.)


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