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Student suspended after dying hair pink for breast cancer awareness

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 What do you think? Should an exception have been made? 

Denise and Rheanne Sargent.  (Source: WYFF)
BELTON, SC (WYFF) -
An Upstate mother says her daughter was punished at school because of the color of her hair.
 
Denise Sargent says she and her daughter, Rheanne, dyed parts of their hair pink to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to honor those who have fought the disease.
 
"The fact that I'd be representing my mother and my grandmother, my other grandmother and whoever else my mom knows who had it," Rheanne said.
 
But, according to Sargent, that didn't go over well with Belton Middle School.
 
The daughter, Rheanne, says the assistant principal told her she could go home or go to ISS because she was breaking the rules.
 
Belton Middle School's dress code policy does say non-human hair color will not be permitted.
 
"I do believe if the child wants to be an individual and show that they're supporting something that's killing thousands of women, I believe, yeah, they should make an exception. They should change the rule," Denise Sargent said.
 
Rheanne said she tried calling her mom, but didn't get in touch with her, so she spent the day in in-school suspension.
 
The school and the district have not returned calls on the matter.

 

 


by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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dusky_rose
by Sue on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM

That is what I was thinking. She could have worn a clip in.

Quoting -42-:

She could have just bought pink clip ins for her kid and this wouldn't have happened in the first place.

I'm sure they were aware of the rules. They can't bend them to suit everyone's agenda, or they're pointless.


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Kaybean
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:02 AM
Yep.


Quoting Aislinn:

 Ok, I see the point. I love the sentiment. However, she broke the rules. So, the story is a moot point, to me. Get a t shirt. Buy some pink sneakers. You do not have to break policy to support a cause.


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JonesMama
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:03 AM

I agree!

Quoting Aislinn:

 Ok, I see the point. I love the sentiment. However, she broke the rules. So, the story is a moot point, to me. Get a t shirt. Buy some pink sneakers. You do not have to break policy to support a cause.


LucyHarper
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:07 AM

A policy is a policy, if they made an acception for her, theres a grey line for others. Any child after her could dye their hair, go to school and say "oh, its for ___ awareness" and they would have to let them too, allows too much leeway to abuse the rule. She knew it was a rule. There are other ways to show support and awareness. I don't let my kids dye their hair, their schools also have a rule aout unnatural colors, and I don't like the chemicals, we ahve plenty of causes that we hold dearly and show our support for, so we will wear a tshirt, wear a bracelet, there are plenty of other ways to show support. All of April my sister wears a blue ribbon on her backpack for child abuse awareness (I'm her guardian). They have those clip on hair feathers, she could get a pink one of those and take it out during school hours. Her heart is in the right place, but rules are rules, there are other ways she can show support.

heydooney
by Danielle :) on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:24 AM

"whoever else my mom knows who had it"

Right. She cares a *whole lot* about breast cancer. ::eye roll::

jakesmom323
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:14 AM
It is sweet what she did, but rules are rules. If they let her get away with it than they would have to except other kids' excuses for breaking the rules. Lots of work places are the same as well. Get some Prell and wash it. Save the drama.
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Kainalu55
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:57 AM

i guess it is one of the school rules, and rules are rules...

Rain2Rinse
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:34 AM
Like everyone else has said, rules are rules. Why complain an go to the media when consequences occur? Lame
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lasombrs
by Sara on Oct. 6, 2012 at 7:01 AM

its the school policy they cant break it for just her

2lilmamas
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 7:24 AM
Quoting Kainalu55:

i guess it is one of the school rules, and rules are rules...


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