An elementary school girl shaved her own head out of solidarity when her best friend got cancer. Alas, a shaven head violated her school’s dress code and the little girl got in trouble and was not allowed to return to school. Sensibly, the school reversed their decision and allowed the girl back at school but not without people around the world saying “what the what?”
Today I entered the school’s name, Caprock Academy, in a search engine and the result is shown below. The user submitted reviews reflect public outrage from social workers, cancer survivors, war veterans, and people who lost loved ones to cancer. Below that is a story about the friends, the shaven head, and the furor.
Girl’s shaved head draws national furor at Grand Junction school
The phone on the front desk at Caprock Academy rang incessantly Tuesday as a flustered receptionist admitted she had given up trying to answer it. The charter school’s website was jammed. So was its Facebook page.
The K-12 school was in the <a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25414607/girl-shaves-head-pal-breaks-school-dress-code” target=”_top”>midst of a bald crisis </a>precipitated by a dress code gone wrong.
Caprock third-grader Kamryn Renfro had shaved her head over the weekend to show support for good friend 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who is not a student at Caprock. Clements has been fighting the childhood cancer <a title=”Mayo clinic info on neuroblastoma” href=”http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neuroblastoma/basics/definition/con-20027487″ target=”_blank”>neuroblastoma</a> since she was 7 and is bald from chemotherapy. Caprock administrators told Renfro’s parents their daughter couldn’t return to classes Monday because her bald head violated the school’s dress code.