A five-year-old kindergarten student was sent home because the school teachers found his Mohawk hairstyle too 'disruptive.'
Ethan Clos,a kindergarten student at Reid Primary and Middle in Ohio, went to school sporting his latest Mohawk haircut. But the administrators at the school sent him home saying that the hairstyle was distracting and ordered him not to attend school until he got back his normal haircut.
Handbook of the school reads, "Hair shall be worn above the eyebrows and must be kept clean, neat and trimmed." The rules further state that it is mandatory for boys not to grow hair below their shirt collar. "Hair styling or coloring arrangements which are disruptive or distracting are not permissible," it says.
"Our dress and grooming policies are designed to ensure that clothing and hairstyles do not cause a distraction to the learning environment," Clark-Shawnee Local Schools Superintendent, Gregg Morris, said in response to sending Ethan home.
Ethan's mother Keshia Castle told WHIO-TV that her son begged for the hairstyle as he considered it 'cool'. "All the little kids were going over and feeling on it and everything. He's a 5-year-old little boy who chose to wear his hair a certain way," she said.
The grandmother of the five-year-old said that she thought the punishment was too harsh for a hairstyle. According to her, a Mohawk does not differ from other styles. "I could understand if it was coloured and if it stood up off longer of his head. But I see nothing wrong with this," she said.
However, Ethan had to shave his remaining hair so that he could attend school.
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