Bald Faced Idiocy

Thanks, Jay. Surely I needed the rise in blood pressure.

You clicked over, right? Good. No? Make with the clicky! I’ll wait.

Now then.

What kind of brain addled idiot suspended a 9-year-old girl from school for shaving her head in support of a friend with cancer?!?!?!?!? Are you freaking kidding me?

“I didn’t realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school,” Campbell 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,”

In a statement to 9News.com, Catherine Norton Breman, president and Chair of the academy’s board of directors, said the dress code “was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted.”

Delaney said she was happy to have her friend’s support.

“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 9News.com.

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Dude. Duuuuuuuuude. You made a little girl with cancer feel sorry for her friend because you are a dumbass. You fail on all the levels.

Like cockroaches, the school retreated from their position once the press shined a light on the story. Kamryn was invited to return to school today.

Let me tell you something about being a 9-year-old girl. It’s a mess of confusion and an over-whelming desire to be liked and accepted by your peers. Fitting-in is your Holy Grail. The popularity lines are being drawn and you want nothing more than to be on the right side of them. You’re starting to worry if you’re pretty enough to be one of the cool kids.

Shaving your head at this stage? Damn, girl. You are a rockstar.

There’s this idea that femininity and long hair are linked. Balking that tradition is intimidating. Ask me how I know.

punkingI didn’t really tell you how completely freaked out I was. I asked Michael to do it quickly before I chickened out. Which was a distinct possibility. There was more than a little bit of anxiety about leaving the house the next day. (Although the time saved in morning primping was nice.) Sure, I’d already told the internet, but then I had to go out into the general public. Yikes! I was 33, a long way from hitting all the levers on the hormonal soda fountain, and it was scary.

Or, I thought it was anyway. It turned out just fine and honestly quite liberating, but I didn’t know that until well past the point of no return. If and when I do it again, it won’t be so bad. No way 9-year-old Jennifer was that brave. Not a chance.

Kamryn, I salute you, and I’m praying for your friend. She’s lucky to have a friend like you.

 

8 thoughts on “Bald Faced Idiocy”

  1. I was disappointed to read that the board was meeting to discuss school code changes and not the *termination* of this teacher who obviously can’t made judgment-based decisions without the help of her school code book..

    Oh – and this pic was the best!
    http://injennifershead.com/?attachment_id=4132
    It appears you have a remarkably dent-free head 🙂 Well done!

  2. Reinforcing my belief that adoption of any “zero tolerance” policy should be accompanied by at least a 50% pay cut of any person the previously made decisions now preempted by policy.

    Making decisions and taking responsibility are why supervisors and above make more money than the line troops. Take those away and there is no reason for them to get increased pay.

  3. What sickens me the most is that parents have been conditioned to fight to get their children back into these mini-prison/indoctrination centers. Best thing they could do for a child in that situation is to never send them back!

  4. this place isn’t even a private school. it’s a public charter school. that doesn’t make any sense.

    if it were private school…well, been there. someone i knew was expelled for having hair that was slightly the wrong color (after she put lemon juice in her hair and laid outside for a while, it turned orange).

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