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Kindergarten Boy Suspended for hair.

Posted by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:54 AM
Jen
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Kindergarten Boy Suspended for His 'Distracting' Mohawk

Ethan Clos, 5, was suspended from kindergarten after he showed up with this hairstyle last week. (Photo: WHIO- …When 5-year-old Ethan Clos showed up at school with a short, spiky mohawk last week, his fellow kindergarteners thought it was cool. But administrators at Reid Primary and Middle School in Springfield, Ohio, deemed the edgy cut too disruptive, and ordered him home until he adopted a tamer style.

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His mom, Keshia Castle, said that school officials suspended her son on Wednesday. After he begged her for the hairstyle, she finally let him get it over spring break.

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"They seen his hair like it was," she told WHIO-TV on Friday. "All the little kids were going over and feeling on it and everything."

Superintendent Gregg Morris says that's exactly why they had to send little Ethan home.

"Our dress and grooming policies are designed to ensure that clothing and hairstyles do not cause a distraction to the learning environment," Morris said in a statement.

The school's handbook states that "Hair shall be worn above the eyebrows and must be kept clean, neat and trimmed" and specifies that boys may not wear their hair longer than the bottom of their shirt collars. It also says: "Hair styling or coloring arrangements which are disruptive or distracting are not permissible."

“Our policy clearly states that any dress or grooming which is disruptive or distracting to the educational process is not acceptable," Morris verified to WHIO-TV. "In this particular case, the student’s hairstyle did provide disruption to the classroom."

Ethan's grandmother, Joyce Wells, thinks the suspension was too harsh a penalty to pay for a hairstyle. A mohawk, she said, isn't really that different from other styles where the hair is cut close to the scalp, especially if the mohawk itself is short.

"I could understand if it was colored, and if it stood up off longer of his head," his grandmother said. "But I don't see nothing wrong with this."

This isn't the mile-high, stiffly gelled punk look of the past. (In fact, if they hadn't used styling product to give his mohawk some definition, Ethan's hair would probably have looked much like a typical military cut.) The child's stylist may have taken a cue from celebrity kids like Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Willow Smith, both of whom have sported the spiky look, to mixed reviews. Kingston Rossdale (son of rockers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale), Madonna's 4-year-old son David Banda, and Cruz Beckham (whose parents are sport-and-style icons David and Victoria Beckham) have also sported modified mohawks, where the sides are cut close, rather than shaved bare, and a strip of hair on the top is left a bit longer.

In 2009 (and again in 2011), a volunteer football coach at the local high school wore a blond-tipped Mohawk to motivate his team. When a WHIO-TV reporter asked Morris why the coach's hair was acceptable while the kindergartener's was not, Morris said that the two situations are totally different.

“One involved an extracurricular spirit initiative designed to motivate our kids in the football playoffs a year ago," Morris explained. "Classrooms were not disrupted. The other poses a disruption to the learning environment as well as violates the student dress code."

Ethan's mom told WHIO-TV that her son would return to school on Monday, after she has his head shaved, but the style shouldn't have been such a big deal.

"He's a 5-year-old little boy who chose to wear his hair a certain way," she told the news station.

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CutieCrab
by Jen on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM
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 What happened to kids being able to express themselves... 

vvinkyloafer
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:56 AM
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School is weird now.
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AleaKat
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Just silly . We have no such hair restrictions at our school.
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by Anonymous 1 on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:56 AM
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i saw that...how ridiculous of the school!!  if i was that mom, i'd be raising hell!

CallMeSwarley
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:57 AM
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There are very few reasons where suspending a five year old is necessary. This is not one of them.
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LntLckrsCmQut
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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The rule is laid out in the student hand book about not allowing mohawks. Perhaps his mother shoukd have read it.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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It's not like he had hot pink hair or something.  I'm not a fan of mohawks on kids, but this is ridiculous!

lucky2Beeme
by Ruby Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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I love how the teacher/school can't get the children that are being distracted to chill and pay attention. Stop blaming haircuts, piercings etc for lack of skills. Hire people that can do their damn job.

CutieCrab
by Jen on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM

 Didn't say anything about mohawks. Said disruptive. And she obviosuly didn't think it was a big deal. Then again she could have asked, I suppose. Now this suspension will be on his permenant record.

Quoting LntLckrsCmQut:

The rule is laid out in the student hand book about not allowing mohawks. Perhaps his mother shoukd have read it.

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM
She should of told her son to wait until the summer to have that type of hair cut.
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