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Update: Nine-year-old bald student has a close shave with Colorado charter school dress code

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Kamryn on Renfro Facebook page.
Even before last night's special meeting of the board of directors of Caprock Academy, a charter school in Grand Junction that had banned a nine-year-old girl from class on Monday because she'd shaved her head in solidarity with her best friend, an eleven-year-old undergoing chemotherapy for neuroblastoma, the school had decided to make an exception to its no-bald-heads for girls dress-code policy and allow Kamryn Renfro back at the school. Administrators were no doubt feeling major razor burn and stinging nicks from all the blowback on social media after Kamryn's story went public.

Yesterday Kamryn's mother, Jamie Renfro, Kamryn's mother, posted this on her Facebook page:

I would just like to say, from the bottom of our hearts...thank you! We never expected any of the support that we have received regarding Kamryn and Delaney. We are pleased with the decision that our school made to let Kamryn back in school today. She got up, got ready, and held her head high as she walked into her classroom this morning. To say her dad and I are proud, is a total understatement. Nate and I are so humbled from the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and strangers.
Jamie Renfro will be on KNUS 710 AM this afternoon, speaking to Steve Kelley.

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Update: Our original story posted yesterday: The story of a nine-year-old Grand Junction girl banned from attending class at a charter school after she shaved her head in solidarity with a friend with cancer has gone global -- and as a result, the Caprock Academy board of directors will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today to discuss the situation. Kamryn Renfro shaved her head over the weekend to show support for eleven-year-old Delaney Clements, a Grand Junction girl diagnosed in 2010 with neuroblastoma; the school's refusal to allow the bald-headed girl to attend class drew comments from around the world.


And as the comments started pouring in, the school decided to allow Kamryn back in class today.

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Friends Delaney and Kamryn on Facebook.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that at today's closed door meeting, board members will discuss the possibility of making an exception to a school policy that prohibits both male and female students from coming to class with a shaved head. In a statement released yesterday, Caprock board chair Catherine M. Norton Breman noted that shaved heads are not allowed under the school's dress code policy, "which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students."

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17 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Those school administrators -- brainless fascists -- should be FIRED immediately.



Joseph C. Freeman
Joseph C. Freeman

The over thinkers with degrees and certificates really need lessons in common sense.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Wake up Colo.Charter what is wrong with you..oh you have no compassion!!!!

Steve Potts
Steve Potts

When and why should Policy overrule what is clearly Right? How can you preach good morals when you deny Right!

LeAnn Nuss Lovato
LeAnn Nuss Lovato

Schools sort of paint themselves into a corner by having too many ultra-specific rules to enforce in their handbooks. There needs to be a little wiggle room and each instance needs to be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Whitney Marie
Whitney Marie

This is bullshit, here the sweet little girl can shave her head for a friend and get banned. But if a boy did it this story wouldn't even be second guessed. Its horseshit

Mark Bromley
Mark Bromley

I think all the kids at that charter school should all shave their heads.

Kelli Hackett
Kelli Hackett

How is having a shaved head a distraction? Rules are made to be broken. Anyone who thinks this school was justified because it's in the dress code needs a reality check. This is wrong wrong wrong.

Jordan Nicole Montoya
Jordan Nicole Montoya

No, I don't think so. But at the same time, it IS a part of their dress code policy.

Michael Giffey
Michael Giffey

Yeah that's right. Let's teach conformity! (sarcasm intended)

John J. Wood
John J. Wood

The officials responsible for that decision should be immediately fired! And let's stop with putting regulations in place and use COMMON SENSE to make the correct decisions.

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

she was cleared to go back to school yesterday. A day late and a dollar short WW.

Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

That school should be ashamed of themselves.

Jon Young
Jon Young

What do you think Westword? lmao

Shauna Atencio
Shauna Atencio

How will we ever teach our kids how to be a decent, caring, compassionate human being if they will just be punished for it. Open your eyes people!

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Insane on the school's part.

Some of us are old to remember when boys who got Beatles' haircuts were banned from school.

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