Friday, 02 March 2012
This is a guest post from Elizabeth from www.rockabyeparents.com.
Many schools today choose to enforce strict dress codes. Some do it because they feel that it will help promote learning. Still others do it to help prevent and stop the formation of gangs. Whatever the reason it obviously needs to be enforced if it’s going to work, but does it really warrant a suspension over a Kook-Aid dye job?
Rachel Neeley, a 10-year-old fifth grader, went to a sleepover last weekend. She and her friends decided to dye some of their hair with Kool-Aid. Rachel asked, and was granted, permission by her dad to do it. The entire situation sounds so innocent.
Monday came and Rachel still had blue streaks in her hair from the Kool-Aid. Her teacher informed her that the unnatural hair color was against the school dress code. Her teacher told her that she needed to get the color out before returning to school. Since it’s impossible to wash a Kool-Aid dye job out Rachel returned to school on Tuesday with dye still in her hair. The teacher reported her to the principal and she was unofficially suspended until the dye was gone.
I truly cannot believe that the school would suspend this girl. I am a teacher and I can tell you kids break dress codes all of the time. When kids wear a hat or hood on their head we tell them to take it off. If they wear an inappropriate shirt we make them turn it inside out. Didn’t wear the required collared shirt? Then we’ll loan you one for the day. A teacher would never send a student to the office due to these slights. The main problem here is that the only way Rachel could cover the blue streaks would be to have all of her hair dyed back to it’s original color.
I agree that the school should address the matter, but I think a warning that action would be taken if she came to school after dying it again would have been enough. I doubt that her hair was offensive to her classmates or that it was distracting them from learning, so no other steps needed to be taken for the matter. The school likely wanted to show that they had a no tolerance policy for dress code violations, but they have agreed to let Rachel come back with blue streaks in her hair. Rachel and her father tried many different ways to get the blue out, but were unsuccessful. The school now says that as long as they made an attempt that’s good enough. Letting her come back with her hair still colored makes their stand pointless.
I can’t even imagine being the parent in this situation. I’m sure many parents, and especially fathers, wouldn’t think about the dress code if their daughters had asked to do the same thing. Plus I’m sure most people would expect something as simple as Kool-Aid to wash right out. I think if I was the parent I’d be totally shocked over the extreme consequences, and I’d be annoyed because the situation would cause my daughter to miss out on important learning.
What it all comes down to is the question of whether or not the situation truly deserved such an extreme consequence.
Do you feel that the girl should have been suspended?Read the entire article, and watch the news clips here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_indiana/lawrenceburg/kool-aid-hair-coloring-gets-bright-girl-suspended-from-school