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Posted 08 April 2013 - 22:27

When 5-year-old Ethan Clos showed up at school with a short, spiky mohawk last week, his fellow kindergarteners thought it was cool. But administrators at Reid Primary and Middle School in Springfield, Ohio, deemed the edgy cut too disruptive, and ordered him home until he adopted a tamer style.

His mom, Keshia Castle, said that school officials suspended her son on Wednesday. After he begged her for the hairstyle, she finally let him get it over spring break.

"They seen his hair like it was," she told WHIO-TV on Friday. "All the little kids were going over and feeling on it and everything."

Superintendent Gregg Morris says that's exactly why they had to send little Ethan home.

"Our dress and grooming policies are designed to ensure that clothing and hairstyles do not cause a distraction to the learning environment," Morris said in a statement.

The school's handbook states that "Hair shall be worn above the eyebrows and must be kept clean, neat and trimmed" and specifies that boys may not wear their hair longer than the bottom of their shirt collars. It also says: "Hair styling or coloring arrangements which are disruptive or distracting are not permissible."

“Our policy clearly states that any dress or grooming which is disruptive or distracting to the educational process is not acceptable," Morris verified to WHIO-TV. "In this particular case, the student’s hairstyle did provide disruption to the classroom."

Ethan's grandmother, Joyce Wells, thinks the suspension was too harsh a penalty to pay for a hairstyle. A mohawk, she said, isn't really that different from other styles where the hair is cut close to the scalp, especially if the mohawk itself is short.

"I could understand if it was colored, and if it stood up off longer of his head," his grandmother said. "But I don't see nothing wrong with this."

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:29

I dont see a problem with his hair cut? ....stupid world where someone cant have the hair cut of their choice just because an ass hole further up the chain then them doesnt like it

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:37

When I was in school, I didn't pay much attention to the way any particular student looked -- I don't know why kids would now.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:37

I dont think it should be punishable by school rules but i do think it reflects poorly on the parents. Talk about low class

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:38

Plus its called control of the classroom. Tell the kids to sit down and pay attention or they go to the office, simple as that.

I dont think it should be punishable by school rules but i do think it reflects poorly on the parents. Talk about low class

Low class? You have no idea whether this kids parents are rich or poor OR how a hair style determines whether they are white trash or posh... Come on now..

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:39

His parents are complete idiots to let him do his hair like that.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:40

I dont think it should be punishable by school rules but i do think it reflects poorly on the parents. Talk about low class


You say low class I say some one that wants to have fun and not live a boring life.

Stupid school policy.

At the school I went to we had kids that not only had bigger mohawks but they were dyed, too. The horror.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:44

I think admins of schools and school systems need to be suspended for their lack of common sense and lackluster standards

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:57

His parents are complete idiots to let him do his hair like that.

and i think you are a complete idiot for being part of the service...(do you see how ignorant that sounds)

i see its mostly the old farts in here who dont like the kids haircut, times have changed people... because you have a weird haircut, tattoos, piercings doesn't mean you are low class, a terrible person, or worthless.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:05

i see its mostly the old farts in here who dont like the kids haircut, times have changed people


Go tell the schools that. They make the rules and you will abide by them whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter whether I like the haircut or not. I could have told them the schools would not, so that makes them idiots for letting him do it.

And BTW, I do like his haircut.