- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2015

Officials at a Tennessee elementary school told a 7-year-old’s mother that his “high and tight” military-style haircut had to go before he could return to class.

A teacher at Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee, told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut, which was done to honor his step-brother serving in Afghanistan, was a distraction. The young boy was sent to the principal’s office and given a note for his mother when the hairstyle was deemed inappropriate.

“We’re not a military school, and it has to be cut or he cannot return to school until it is,” Ms. Stinnett said she was informed while protesting the ultimatum, a Fox affiliate in Nashville reported Wednesday. The school, located roughly 75 miles outside the city, is named after a Vietnam veteran.

“It broke my heart. It pretty much crushed a 7-year-old’s dreams,” the mother added.

Schools Director Bobby Cox wouldn’t comment on Adam’s case when asked about incident, the local station reported. He said there is no district policy on military-style haircuts, but each school has the authority to make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

“The school should be ashamed of themselves,” Ms. Stinnett said. She wants an apology from the school, the local station reported.

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