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PostSubject: Well Now, That’s Just Brilliant, Mom(s) and Dad(s)...   Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:18 am

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A 4 year old has learned the hard way about school (codes of conduct, etc..) enforcement policies. Apparently, his violation of the schools dress-code policy has already put him at a disadvantage with this in-school suspension requiring his quiet isolation from other students for the school day during the entire length of his suspension, also preventing him from taking daily studies with the other children.

As such policies are set forth and enforced for the safety of the children, students, administrators and general public at large, it seems a little hypocritical to enroll a child in a highly structured program and then proceed to sabotage their progress and/or standing with such nonsense, as clearly, at 4years of age it is the responsibility of those adults responsible for his care and wellbeing to set and enforce lawful, proactive examples for behavior and comportment (dress, appearance), etc…)… All schools have a structured regimen and policy for this very reason and [even if the administration cuts the child a break by giving him a set time to comply with the dress code and make up the missed work from the school-year to keep up with the other children (and avoid expulsion for poor scholarship on top of the suspension)] the adults might even be (criminally) liable for child neglect and/or reckless endangerment of a minor child, not to mention contributing to the delinquency of a minor child…

And that's OUR take on THAT...

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AOL Newswire (The Nation: Parents, School Tangle Over Boy's Long Locks by Jeff Carlton-AP)

“BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (Dec. 17) -- Taylor Pugh has been suspended from pre-kindergarten because he likes his hair a little on the floppy side.

The 4-year-old sat with a teacher's aide in a suburban Dallas school library Wednesday while his friends played and studied together in a classroom.

"They kicked me out that place," said Taylor, who prefers the nickname Tater Tot. "I miss my friends."

Taylor's locks -- long on the front and sides, covering his earlobes and shirt collar -- violate the school district's dress code. He has been punished with in-school suspension since late last month.


His parents say the boy plans to eventually cut his hair and donate it to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. And they are not happy with the district's rules.

The school district appears "more concerned about his hair than his education," said Taylor's father, Delton Pugh. "I don't think it's right to hold a child down and force him to do something ... when it's not hurting him or affecting his education."

Pugh, a tattoo artist, said he used to shave his own head but that his son "made me pinky promise I would let my hair grow long with him."

The follicle fight came to a head last month when Taylor's parents received a signed letter from Floyd Elementary School's principal, threatening to withdraw the boy from school if his hair didn't comply with district standards.

When Taylor's parents didn't budge, their son was suspended.


When the boy returned, his hair was longer than ever. But school officials decided suspension was too harsh and changed the punishment.

"They still have regular classroom work, but in an isolated environment," Mesquite Independent School District spokesman Ian Halperin said of the modified in-school suspension that Taylor is serving. "We expect students ... to adhere to the code of conduct."

According to the district dress code, boys' hair must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt. Hairstyles "designed to attract attention to the individual or to disrupt the orderly conduct of the classroom or campus (are) not permitted," the policy states.

The district is known for standing tough on its dress code. Earlier this year, a seventh-grader in the district was sent home for wearing black skinny pants. His parents chose to home-school him.

On its Web site, the district defends its code, saying "students who dress and groom themselves neatly, and in an acceptable and appropriate manner, are more likely to become constructive members of the society in which we live."

A persistent violator could face additional suspensions, but such issues are handled on a case-by-case basis, Halperin said.

Pugh said the issue is about more than hair. He said his son is being singled out, and that he has seen other male students in the district with hair much longer than Taylor's.

"Nobody wants to meet in the middle. It's all or nothing," Pugh said. "He's my son. I love him. I will back him to the end." ---“


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