A school counselor shaved off kid's sports' themed haircut

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MissyJ's picture
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A school counselor shaved off kid's sports' themed haircut

[h=1]A school counselor reportedly shaved off a child?s Miami Heat-themed hairdo against a parent?s wishes[/h]
You have to go to the link to see the image of the haircut and to learn more of the story. Short version: Dad is a barber (obviously quite talented in my opinion.) Over the winter break he gave his son (age 11) a Miami Heat themed haircut in preparation for taking him to his first NBA game.

The son returned to the 1st day of school with the haircut (probably wanting to show it off to his friends.) School administration determined that it was a distraction and against the rules... pulling kid out of class. Dad was called. He said that he would cut the child's hair after school to comply with school regulations. School counselor and teacher talked with the kid and since he did not want to miss class with an in-school suspension, he (11 yr old) agreed to allow school counselor to shave his head.

Debate: Do you agree that school administration should have this right with your child -- especially if you objected and had already agreed to take care of it yourself professionally? Do you believe that an 11 yr old is able to give this type of permission?

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My personal take is that the parents should not have allowed him to go to school with the haircut if they knew that it was against school policy. I absolutely do not object to the school from pulling him from class and calling his parents -- again -- IF this the hairdo is against their policy (which likely it is.)

I do, however, believe the school admin crossed the line. They could be within their rights to either insist that I come and pick up the child or give him in-school suspension and 24 hours to rectify the problem... but NOT to have them shave his head. I also do not believe that an 11 yr old should be able to give them permission to do so as I cannot believe that he would not feel pressured to do so in that situation.

(As an aside -- I really don't see how the dad/barber could have done differently than to shave it completely in order to bring it into compliance given the design and how short it is to begin with. STILL - I think the parents should have been the ones to do so. )

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It is not ok for anyone to cut my child's hair without my permission. If they needed to send him home or whatever, but it is not ok to cut a child's hair without parental consent.

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Oh hell no! If he was distracting, send him home.

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"mom3girls" wrote:

Oh hell no! If he was distracting, send him home.

Thank you! I would go apesh!t crazy if that happened to my kid!

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Before I looked at the photo I didn't think it was going to be so distracting. His dad could have fixed it by dyeing it a solid, natural color. If that didn't work, he could then choose to shave it.

But that's on the PARENTS to decide! Not the school or the child.

Maybe I missed it, but what did the school employee use to shave his head?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

It is not ok for anyone to cut my child's hair without my permission. If they needed to send him home or whatever, but it is not ok to cut a child's hair without parental consent.

"mom3girls" wrote:

Oh hell no! If he was distracting, send him home.

"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Thank you! I would go apesh!t crazy if that happened to my kid!

Ditto to all of these! Send my kid home for me to deal with. And unless the haircut expressly violated school rules, then the time out had better not affect my kid, either. "Distracting" is far too vague a term to apply to haircuts IMHO.

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Oh no this would have not gone over well if this was my kid.