Target: Reid Primary and Middle School Principal, Pam Young
Goal: Tell Reid Primary and Middle School to revoke the suspension on 5-year-old boy punished for his hairstyle
A 5-year-old kindergartener was recently suspended for his new hairstyle that the school’s administration stated was too disruptive and disorderly. The boy, Ethan Clos, showed up to his regular class at Reid Primary and Middle School located in Springfield, Ohio with a mohawk and was told to go home until he changed his hairstyle. Clos’ parents and grandmother were shocked at the suspension. The school had no right to force a child to change his hairstyle and stop him from attending school because of it. Reid Primary and Middle School must revoke the suspension and should never suspend a child based on his or her hair again.
According to the superintendent, Gregg Morris, the school’s handbook states that clothing and hairstyles that can deter students from learning and disrupt the environment are viable reasons for sending a child home. Morris explained in a statement that the school’s “dress code and grooming policies are designed to ensure that clothing and hairstyles do not cause a distraction to the learning environment. Hair styling or coloring arrangements which are disruptive or distracting are not permissible.”
Clos’ hairstyle apparently attracted too much attention since most of his classmates wanted to see and touch it up close. Regardless of how much Clos’ hair actually prevented fellow classmates from getting an education, he should not have been forced to change how he wanted to express himself. A mohawk might have negative connotations within society, but it does not mean that a child should be judged and considered distracting based off of this one aspect.
Clos’ parents allowed him to cut his hair because they wanted him to be able to express himself. His parents believe that Clos’ hairstyle was inspired by current celebrity children who have unconventional hairstyles. However, Clos’ mother stated that she would shave his hair before he returns to school but believes that his hairstyle should not have warranted such serious punishment.
Reid Primary and Middle school should revoke the suspension and stop sending children home because their hairstyles might not look like everyone else’s.
Dear Principal Pam Young,
Ethan Clos, a 5-year-old kindergartener from the Reid Primary and Middle school, was recently sent home because his hairstyle was considered to be too distracting. Clos showed up at school with a mohawk that most of his classmates wanted to touch. Due to this fact, the school and the superintendent stated that his hairstyle disrupted the learning atmosphere in the classroom, and had to be changed.
Suspending a student, let alone a young child, for his or her hair should not be allowed because it discourages children at a young age from expressing themselves. Clos should be allowed to wear or cut his hair however he wants. However, he was forced to shave his head just to be able to go back to school. The Reid Primary and Middle school has to revoke this suspension and should stop suspending students for their hairstyles.
[Your Name Here]
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