- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - A compromise has been reached for a New Mexico sixth-grader who was told his hairstyle violated a school policy.

Administrators at Los Lunas Elementary told Albuquerque TV station KOB that 11-year-old Marcus Chavez showed up for classes Monday with tribal art design razor-cut into his hair by a barber.

School officials say policy in their handbook doesn’t allow unnatural colors and haircuts for students so that it doesn’t distract or disrupt other pupils.

Marcus wasn’t allowed back in his classroom Tuesday and was doing his work in an office room instead.

But school officials say the boy’s mother has agreed to have a barber modify her son’s haircut or darken the shaved spots.

Once that is done, the school’s superintendent says Marcus will be back in the classroom.

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