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Utah Teen Kicked Out of Class for Dyeing her Hair... Auburn?

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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saw this on Yahoo.  what are your 2 cents?


Utah Teen Kicked Out of Class for Dyeing her Hair... Auburn?

Unnatural? Rylee MacKay was kept out of class because of her hair color. (Photo: MacKay family via Facebook)In the past few months, schools have banned everything from yoga pants and Ugg boots to birthday candles and peanut butter sandwiches. But one Utah middle school is cracking down on hair color—even if the color in question isn't a garish blue or green but just a dark shade of red.

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After being kicked out of class last week for dyeing her brown hair auburn, an honors student at a Utah middle school has been allowed to return to school—but only after she toned down her hair color.

Though Rylee MacKay, 15, had been dyeing her hair the same shade every six weeks since September, it wasn't until earlier this month that the school took issue with the color. On Feb. 4, Hurricane Middle School vice principal Jan Goodwin spotted Rylee in the halls and ordered her into the office. She had just had her hair touched up two days earlier.

The Washington County School District dress code states that "Hair, including beards, mustaches and sideburns, should be groomed so that it is neat and clean. Hair color must be a naturally occurring color; i.e. red, brown, black, blonde." And while Rylee's stylist had assured her that her new color complied with the dress code, Goodwin felt that Rylee's auburn-hued hair didn't look natural enough.

"In the light he said it was pinkish-purplish," Rylee told KUTV. "He told me to have it fixed by the next day or I couldn't come back to school."

But she didn't want to dye her hair back to brown—and her mother refused to make her.

"I absolutely am not going to dye it brown. That is not an option," Amy MacKay told Utah news station KSL.com on Sunday. Rylee had a hard time with the family's move to Hurricane two and a half years ago, MacKay said, and when she was finally allowed to dye her hair last year she felt better about herself. "My daughter feels beautiful with the red hair. Changing her hair really changed her; she really blossomed," she explained. "And now I have to say, 'No, sorry, you have to dye it brown?' I'm not going to change it back."

MacKay said that the district's hair policy is too open to interpretation. "It's totally his opinion whether it's too bright or not," she told KSL.com. "There's no set standard, no hair palette you can look at and say, 'OK, I'll go with that red'."

But school officials insist that the rules are not arbitrary.

"We deal with dress code issues nearly every day, specifically hair issues maybe once per week," Hurricane Middle School Principal Dr. Roy Hoyt, explained to Yahoo! Shine in an interview on Tuesday. "Most of the time it is a situation where students color their own hair and it doesn't come out as they had intended."

"Most of time it is a judgement call for the administration," Hoyt added. "This student's hair did not meet the expectation of naturally colored hair. We apply this standard consistently to all students and nearly every parent is supportive."

After four days of washing her hair at home, Rylee's hair had faded enough to be acceptable to school administrators, and she was allowed back in class. "All I wanted to do was just get back to school," she told KUTV on Monday. Hoyt confirmed that Rylee's hair now met school standards, even though she hadn't re-dyed it.

"We are small school in a conservative community," he told Yahoo! Shine. "While this policy may seem restrictive, it does establish a behavioral expectation. When these standards/expectations are established and enforced for seemingly small things it provides for a school culture where more egregious offenses are less likely to occur."

Parents and former students took to Facebook to weigh in on the controversy.

"My daughter went through the same thing there last year, but they told her she could stay because there were only three days left of school," Elizabeth Ebert said in response to a local newspaper's poll about MacKay's hair color on Facebook. "However, they also told me she would have to change it back in order to start school this year."

"I went to HMS about 6 years ago and this doesn't shock me one bit," Danielle Ritchey said in response to a local newspaper's poll. "This school really needs to focus on things that matter, like drug use, sex, and peer bullying and stop those…. I'm pretty sure the long term effects of being a drug user or a teen mom are a lot worse than putting some color in one's hair."

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AimSnapHolz
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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I don't get this... I agree with the lady who was quoted in the end of the article. I guess I could understand if it was blue or pink, but even then I don't find hair color or style to be a big deal. It's a form of self expression. There are much worse things distracting kids from their studies - like drugs, bullying, and home issues.

littlemascara
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM


Quoting AimSnapHolz:

I don't get this... I agree with the lady who was quoted in the end of the article. I guess I could understand if it was blue or pink, but even then I don't find hair color or style to be a big deal. It's a form of self expression. There are much worse things distracting kids from their studies - like drugs, bullying, and home issues.

I agree.  This stuff drives me crazy.  I understand dress codes that don't allow for everything to be all hanging out (like super low jeans with the thong half way out or crop tops that show the whole torse if someone bends over or raises their hand) or where certain colors, sports teams etc are a definite part of that community's gang problem.  But a child who feels confident about his/herself is more likely to stay in school and do well in school.  I don't care if it's purple hair, no hair, liberty spikes, whatever.  Kids who feel confident are less likely to get involved in drugs, violence, etc. 

It seems all this type of policy does is make a student feel unwanted, unimportant and starts them to self-identify as a "problem".  It also makes students much less likely to reach out to faculty and administrators if there are problems at home or in school.  Students should not worry about "is my red hair TOO red?" during class, they should be allowed to focus on what they are there for: learning.

blondiemomof2
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Absolutely ridiculous! 

Zadidoll
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:02 AM


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"We are small school in a conservative community," he told Yahoo! Shine. "While this policy may seem restrictive, it does establish a behavioral expectation. When these standards/expectations are established and enforced for seemingly small things it provides for a school culture where more egregious offenses are less likely to occur."
Wow. I hope the girl's family sues because the suspension - which it was essentially - goes on her permanent record which can prohibit her from attending colleges.
Gweneveer
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Completely ridiculous!

jenniferlee_12
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Crazy. There are far worse things to worry about instead of Auburn hair.

amonkeymom
by Amy on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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I saw this yesterday and thought how glad I am that my daughter's school doesn't care what color hair the kids have because hair is one area in which my daughter really likes to express herself and really, it's just hair.  I very much doubt that it's distracting the other kids and keeping them from learning.

littlemascara
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM


Quoting amonkeymom:

I saw this yesterday and thought how glad I am that my daughter's school doesn't care what color hair the kids have because hair is one area in which my daughter really likes to express herself and really, it's just hair.  I very much doubt that it's distracting the other kids and keeping them from learning.

this school seems to be suggesting that it's disrespectful somehow, and since they are a "conservative community" you should blend in with the crowd or you are not welcome.

amonkeymom
by Amy on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I get that, but a natural occurring red hair color that you'd find in nature is not going too far, IMO, and should be allowed.

Quoting littlemascara:


Quoting amonkeymom:

I saw this yesterday and thought how glad I am that my daughter's school doesn't care what color hair the kids have because hair is one area in which my daughter really likes to express herself and really, it's just hair.  I very much doubt that it's distracting the other kids and keeping them from learning.

this school seems to be suggesting that it's disrespectful somehow, and since they are a "conservative community" you should blend in with the crowd or you are not welcome.


littlemascara
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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Oh I totally agree.  I don't support policies against any hair color including "un-natural" ones, much less a color that people DO have naturally.  If she were a blonde on the swim team and unable to keep her hair from getting swimmer's green, would they toss her out for that too? Suggesting that hair color disrespects anyone is absurd, even if they are in a conservative area. This is a public school, not a private religious school.  And she's an honors student as well... way to make her feel like her hard work is appreciated and paying off.  Sheesh. 

Quoting amonkeymom:

I get that, but a natural occurring red hair color that you'd find in nature is not going too far, IMO, and should be allowed.

Quoting littlemascara:


Quoting amonkeymom:

I saw this yesterday and thought how glad I am that my daughter's school doesn't care what color hair the kids have because hair is one area in which my daughter really likes to express herself and really, it's just hair.  I very much doubt that it's distracting the other kids and keeping them from learning.

this school seems to be suggesting that it's disrespectful somehow, and since they are a "conservative community" you should blend in with the crowd or you are not welcome.



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