Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Kameryn Renfro, a third grader at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colo., was not allowed to go to school yesterday after she shaved her head to support her friend who is fighting cancer. According to Kameryn’s family, her shaved head is a violation of her school’s dress code. More from Newser.com:
Kamryn Renfro shaved her head because, she says, “it felt like the right thing to do” to support a friend who is fighting cancer—but the compassionate gesture got Kamryn kicked out of school, 9 News reports. Kamryn, a third-grader, wasn’t allowed to return to Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colo., yesterday because her shaved head violates the school’s dress code, Kamryn’s family says. “It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did,” says the mom of Kamryn’s friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy to fight neuroblastoma.
Delaney says she appreciated her friend’s gesture: “It made me feel very special and that I’m not alone.” But Caprock Academy says, in a statement, that its policy intends to “promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students,” and that as such, shaved heads are not allowed. But the school will reportedly allow Kamryn to attend today, and NBC 11 reports that the school’s Board of Directors is holding a special meeting tonight to address the situation and potentially make an exception to the dress code for Kamryn.
Update: The Caprock Academy board of directors voted on March 25 to let Kamryn Renfro stay at the school, ABC News reported. The vote was 3-1.
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