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Colorado girl violates school dress code, shaves head for friend with cancer

A Colorado girl got herself into trouble by violating the school dress code. The 9-year-old shaved her head in support of her cancer-stricken friend that has lost her hair from chemotherapy. As reported by 9 News on March 25, officials at the Caprock Academy barred her from school on Monday saying that she is violating their dress code.

Kids like this one battle cancer everyday.
Photo by Darren McCollester

The school, located in Grand Junction, refused Kamryn Renfro access to her education until she either wore a wig to cover her bald head or grew her own hair back. The young girl got her parent's permission to support her 11-year-old friend who is battling cancer and undergoing treatments. Delaney Clements has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is now in the biggest battle of her young life. She said that she is appreciative of the support that her friend has given her. However, the school certainly didn’t see it that way.

"It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did, but now that she didn't get to, she's kind of sad," Delaney told 9 News.

In a statement made by the academy’s president and Chair of the Board of Directors, Catherine Norton Breman, she said, "Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted.”

While the academy supports uniformity and a non-distracting environment, the parents of the two girls support the gesture of being a good friend.

"I didn't realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school," Wendy Campbell, Delaney’s mom, said. "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.”

The school did say that they can make exceptions to the dress code under what they call ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ It looks like this may be the case as Kamryn is expected to be in class on Tuesday.

School officials are to meet with Kamryn’s mother on Tuesday evening to discuss the situation.

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