Mohawk hairdo Kindergartener suspended

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  1. purplecrazy21

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    Tgpii,
    You make a good point about nothing in society surpising you. It doesn't/wouldn't surprise me either.
    Kcjo13,
    Where does your nephew go to school? Is he in a Denver public school or a private school? The rule about the Broncos shirt is ridiculous unless the school is full uniform. I teach in Denver too, and unless kids are getting beaten up for the sports team shirts, can't figure out why this would be banned.
     
  2. TXKinderTeacher

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    I had a boy come to school with a full mohawk the other week. His mom is young, and I know it was his mom's idea, rather than his, to have the mohawk.

    He came into school, went to the cafeteria for breakfast, and was immediately "balled out" by the lunchroom lady, saying he couldn't wear that to school. By the time he got to my classroom, he was crying.

    Personally, I didn't see anything wrong with it...I mean, it's his hair. The other kids never thought about it after the initial looking. I talked to my Assistant Principal, who said he didn't think there was anything wrong with it as long as it wasn't a distraction in class (which it wasn't).

    I was really upset at the lunch lady, though. Can't people understand that there's a difference between a kindergartener and a fifth grader? I'm not saying she should have "balled out" a fifth grader either, but she certainly didn't have to say anything to the kindergartener. It wasn't like he was going out and doing this himself. Especially this little boy...who is one of the most sensitive, compassionate kids I've ever met, as well as being the most polite student in my classroom.

    In the end, the principal saw him waiting for his ride after school and talked to his mom about the haircut, saying he wasn't allowed to wear it in school. He suggested they just shave the rest off, but so far he's been wearing it flat down until the rest grows out. The principal told the mom it was a distraction....I didn't feel like it was AT ALL, but I guess that's the standard reason given....
     
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    I saw a news story awhile back about a kinder student that was suspended because he had a star (supporting Dallas Cowboys) cut into his hair. The school wouldn't allow him back until he cut it off.
     
  4. tgpii

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    Thanks

    Thanks, I am proud to be in the Illinois Army National Guard. Anyways, the other day I went to a day care chain, the director was giving me a hard time about being in the NG. She like so you can get deployed? In my head I was like thanks that are really supporting the troops. Then the same day an hour latter I had an interview at another location for the same chain. The person saw I was in the NG and was like my cousin just got transferred to that armory. Both places were the same company. This is a little off topic, the problem is the law protects NG members who get deployed if they have a job. A company can discriminated and not higher you because of it. What if I join the guard after the company hires me, I am safe. Any ways thanks for all your help and sorry if I sound like a cry baby. Here is my updated resume once again.
     
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    Job hiring discrimination is a very hard thing to prove. You are correct.
     
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    hmmmm...

    Well, I just wandered onto this thread...I hadn't heard this story before but it is just ridiculous. I teach second grade at a small school and have two little guys with mohawks. It is simply a haircut and is not a distraction to the other kids. I agree with those of you who said that it's not fair to limit boys' hairstyles when girls can have pretty much any style they'd like.

    Personally, the little girl in my class who has shoulder-length hair who is always playing with her hair and trying to fix it in class is a much bigger distraction with her hair than my boys with mohawks... Sheesh :lol:
     
  7. eduk8r

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    Truly. It's like saying, "No individuals here!" I cannot believe that something as MINOR yet as PERSONAL as someone's haircut is being monitored by anyone, or is an "offense"-- especially one worthy of suspension! That is just sad. Behavior does not correlate with a haircut, btw. Even if it sometimes did (which it does not in my experience), in America we have the right to be presumed innocent until proving otherwise . . . last time I checked. Talk about stereotyping.
     
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    IMO hair and fashion are a waste of time for schools. I mean by the time a school decides it is inappropriate for a mohawk, a new style comes around. Basically, students should be allowed to be individuals in a respectful way. Color your hair 20 different shades, wear shoes with no laces, put your clothes on backwards, just don't dress with too much exposure or your pants below your underwear...It's that simple!:D
     
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    I don't think a five year old would get this type of haircut without his parents support. Do we suspend the parents for not following the rules?. Is the child a behavior distraction or is the haircut the only reason he was suspended.If the haircut is the only problem ,I think the school is very lucky if a 5 year olds hairdo is the major problem.
     
  10. allisonbeth

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    Too funny! Mohawks on young children are very common around me. It seems like the more conservative parents have their children's hair cut like this. (I live in rural NY state)
     
  11. TampaTeacher

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    I think it's cute. I'm sure his parents did pick the haircut. Isn't that usually the case with most little kids' haircuts? If mom and dad like it, and the kid seems to like it, I don't see the harm. It's not like mohawks are very radical nowadays. They're pretty common.
     
  12. lemonhead

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    Big deal. He's the kid with the mohawk. Most schools have them don't they? I mean after the first minute the kids are over it. My son's friend has a little one and he is a sweet boy. Even gave out religious valentine cards.

    If they don't allow mohawks then it should be clear in the school handbook.
     
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    Ridiculous :rolleyes: it's just hair!
     
  14. blessedhands

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    Some principals obviously have nothing to do.:rolleyes:

    what they gonna do next..." suspend students for wearing red? or for wearing tams? or for wearing patched jeans? such fashion follies...so trivial...very trivial.:rolleyes:
     
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    Purple,

    He's in Adams county, Thornton. The list is HUGE. My sister is frightened, literally. He wears plain jeans and t-shirts or sweatshirts, every day. As far as I know, there have been no major incidents, especially in his elementary school. Maybe in some of the high schools, but nothing that I have heard of.
     
  16. tgpii

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    Ask Mr. T!
     
  17. FarFromHome

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    A couple of kids in my school have mohawks and I've never heard one complaint about them. I never would have even thought about the possibility of them being suspended!
     
  18. purplecrazy21

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    Kcjo13,
    Huh. I didn't know Adams County had a strict dress code like that. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
     

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