This story marks a new low for school suspensions. Most people would be moved by the kindness of a 9-year-old girl who shaved her head in solidarity with a friend suffering from cancer. But her Colorado school suspended her for violating their dress code instead.
9-year-old Kamryn Renfro was suspended by Caprock Academy for shaving her head to support her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who lost her hair while receiving chemotherapy for neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer.
"It felt like the right thing to do," Kamryn told 9News.com.
"For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement and it builds character in a child," said Kamryn's mom Wendy Campbell.
Catherine Norton Breman, president of the school's board of directors, defended the dress code. She said it "was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted."
Kamryn is barred from returning to school until her hair grows back, unless she wears a wig.
This is just the latest instance in a widespread trend of idiotic school suspensions. In recent months alone, news headlines have highlighted students suspended a girl suspended for taking a knife away from a suicidal student, a 5-year-old suspended for eating a pastry that was shaped a bit like a gun, and another boy suspended for carrying a purse.