Girl shaves head. No, we’re not referring to Britney Spears and her bizarre 2007 incident when the pop diva shaved her head down to the scalp for no apparent reason. A 9-year-old has upstaged that – losing her locks for a noble cause, but school officials have since suspended her.
According to a report today from The Associated Press, as carried on MSN News, Kamryn Renfro of Grand Junction, Colorado “shaved her head to support a friend who went bald because of cancer treatment,” and has since “been told she violated her school's dress code.”
Renfro took it upon herself to shave her head to match her friend Delaney Clements, who is undergoing rounds of chemotherapy to treat a rare form of childhood cancer.
“It felt like the right thing to do,” Kamryn told KUSA-TV.
Kamryn and her family were told last week she was suspended, and could not return to classes at the Caprock Academy charter school. After the news of their decision hit the media, the academy later acquiesced and said she could return, “but the school's board of directors is expected to discuss her situation at a meeting Tuesday evening,” says the AP report.
The school board's chairwoman, Catherine Norton Breman, says her school's dress code is designed to promote consistency and should not be a source of distraction.
“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,” said Breman.
Kamryn friend, Delaney Clements, 11, was moved that Kamryn would shave her head as a show of compassion and support.
“It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone,” Delaney said. Speaking of her friend’s suspension, Delaney said: “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.”
Kamryn was allowed to go back starting today, but the school’s decision to suspend her, even temporarily, has already cast a pall over the district. The selfless actions of the young girl should have been celebrated, not derided.