- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A 9-year-old girl was barred from her Colorado school after shaving her head in a show of solidarity to a friend with cancer.

With her parents’ permission, Kamryn Renfro shaved her head to support her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who had just started chemotherapy to fight neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, a local television station reported.

“I was really excited I would have somebody to support me and I wouldn’t be alone with people always laughing at me. I would at least have somebody to go through it all,” Delaney told Denver’s Fox News affiliate.

But Kamryn was kept from attending class on Monday at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, because of the school’s dress code policy that specifically states, “No shaved heads.”

Administrators told the girl she couldn’t attend school until she got a wig or her natural hair grew back.

Kamryn’s mother emailed the school explaining why her daughter shaved her head, but administrators at first said they couldn’t make exceptions.

“Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted,” said Catherine Norton Breman, President and Chair of Caprock Academy Board of Directors.

It wasn’t until local news picked up the story that the school began to walk back the decision, Fox reported.

The school’s board of directors will hold an executive session Tuesday to review the dress code. Kamryn has also been invited back to school Tuesday.



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