A dyed hair suspension was given to Utah teen Rylee MacKay by her middle school. McKay had dyed her hair a shade of red that she has been working with since September, but according to a report from late Monday (Feb. 11), her school declared it a violation.
The claim from the school was that her hair color (visible in a video here) was simply "too distracting." The rule that she broke was within the Washington County School District, which includes Hurricane middle School, states that, "Hair color should be within the spectrum of color that grows naturally."
Talking about the suspension MacKay stated that, "They brought me into the office and told me (my hair) had to be changed by the next day. They told me I could finish my week’s worth (of schoolwork) in the office so nobody could see me." MacKay then tried to get a salon appointment to get her hair changed that night, but was unable to do so. It was then that the school administrators allegedly told her to go to Walmart and dye her hair by herself.
Mackay had to serve her suspension over the next two days, with the school giving her an option to possibly file a grievance.
So how did Rylee MacKay end up getting out of her dyed hair suspension? She was able to dull the shade a bit through repeated washes and the school eventually decided that the new shade was no longer distracting.