School Kicks Out 3rd-Grader for Shaving Her Head

Support for friend with cancer doesn't go well
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2014 10:13 AM CDT

Kamryn Renfro shaved her head because, she says, "it felt like the right thing to do" to support a friend who is fighting cancer—but the compassionate gesture got Kamryn kicked out of school, 9 News reports. Kamryn, a third-grader, wasn't allowed to return to Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colo., yesterday because her shaved head violates the school's dress code, Kamryn's family says. "It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did," says the mom of Kamryn's friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy to fight neuroblastoma.

Delaney says she appreciated her friend's gesture: "It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone." But Caprock Academy says, in a statement, that its policy intends to "promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students," and that as such, shaved heads are not allowed. But the school will reportedly allow Kamryn to attend today, and NBC 11 reports that the school's Board of Directors is holding a special meeting tonight to address the situation and potentially make an exception to the dress code for Kamryn. (More cancer stories.)

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