boy is mesquite texas should parents cut his hair

United States
January 14, 2010 7:56am CST
personally i can see both sides. i have know kids to get sent home for wearing a red shirt or a blue shirt that has no writting on it just a color an the school says gang colors. i mean when you send home a 5 year old for wearing a red shirt that is dumb. i can understand them saying that hair has to be cut on boys i mean lots of employers say the same thing. personally i dont think there is anything wrong with long hair on any gender but that is just me. the parents are throwing a fit over the hair issue. what are they going to do when the kid turns 18 and he cant get a job till he cuts his hair. i mean are they really teaching the kid the right message the right way. yes stand up for yourself but at the same time they are teaching him to disgregaurd rules and that rules are to be broken. what if it was a school that went to uniforms they expect there kid not to have to wear one. i think that if they dont want to follow rules set then they should home school him or put him in private school. just like if you work somewhere and you hate the cap you have to wear then go get a new job or wear the hat lol. just wondering do you think the parents are right the school is right or that they are both wrong and this is stupid and tired of hearing about it.
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@sid556 (30997)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Hi easymoney, I personally don't like the idea of the schools dictating hair styles etc. I don't like the concept of uniforms. I think there should be limits on what they can and can't wear within reason. I do see your point tho. If the rule was already in place then the parents are responsible for seeing to it that the child follows the rules. If they don't like the rules then they should do what they can to change them up but in the meantime, the right thing to do would be to follow them. I heard this story but I guess I wasn't aware that there was a clear rule written on the length of a boys hair. It is unusual these days to see such long hair on such a young boy.
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@jambi462 (4595)
• United States
15 Jan 10
It's so weird that we are the only species of animal that seems to be concerned with the length of our fur. It's also weird that people are so concerned with the way other people choose to present themselves. I've heard people that I don't even know tell me to cut my hair. I'm sorry but that's ridiculous, if you don't have anything better to think about other then the criticisms that are popping up in your head then you should really pick up a book or something. I don't understand why a guy has to have short hair for a job. I have longer hair for a guy and that doesn't take away from my work ethic. I'm actually fairly confident in my ability to be able to work my butt off at virtually any job I get. One last thing, the point of a school is to educate the children. How is that child learning if you send him home for his hair being to long? That's a whole day of learning he could have had wasted. Also what if the child's parents didn't currently have enough money to pay for a haircut. Judgment is ignorance.
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@megamatt (14326)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I have barely followed this story. Sounds like another absurd news story that should not be news. However, just from the outside, it seems like another case of the school overstepping their bounds. Schools have too much power. They should not be able to dictate these things. They should worry about teaching the students and nothing more. I didn't have long hair but I know for a fact of the school told my parents something like that when I was a child, they would tell them where to go. Then again, schools seem to be telling parents to do their job and how to police their kids. Still, I'm actually shocked that something like this passes for a news story. Surely there are more important things news stations should be covering.
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@KRC31028 (39)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I dont think that the parents should cut their child's hair. I understand dress codes and everything they make sense and there is a reason for them. But I do not understand the big deal about this. I think that the school telling children how long their hair can be is way out of line. And when he gets older and is looking for employment it is different because he can decide if he wants to cut his hair and get the job or find another job that does not require him to cut his hair. He can not just decide not to go to school.
• United States
14 Jan 10
A boy having long hair should be no one's problem. The boy doesn't have to cut his hair. You can't kick a child out of the Public school system for having long hair. You also can't kick them out for having Colored hair or piercings in their ears. The freedom to express one's self doesn't only apply to the things that are accepted by the masses. The school is wrong. The parents are right. You cannot let someone tell you how you HAVE to look. I personally had long hair until the age of 16 and Colored hair until the age of 20. I only conformed to better my chances at getting a better job. I also had several good Career opportunities while my hair was blue and I had my ear lobes stretched. I am currently working for myself and enjoy not having to conform to someone else's idea of what I should be. Hopefully by the time the boy goes out for a job his employers will be able to look passed his hair as they should. The song "Signs" by the Five Man Electrical Band was written and performed in 1971. It surprising to me that hair length is still an issue. Conformists are weak and stand for nothing.
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• United States
14 Jan 10
When I was a child I was in Catholic grammar school in the 60's, long hair was just coming into our culture, I was one of the first. I didnt get sent home but my parents got a note "school dress code, male students must have short hair" My mother refused to get it cut and told them "hair is not cloths, so it cant be part of the dress code", there was nothing they could do, if they tried to suspend or expel me she was going to sue. They didn't try anymore, however the teachers suddenly started targeting me by pulling my hair when ever I was "bad". When I told mom she made me load my hair with brillcream, it worked except for one teacher who one day accused me for talking to a boy behind me (and I was guilty) and didnt care about the cream and lifted me up out of my chair by my hair and shook me back & forth, I was in such pain I didnt care that this was a teacher so I "squared off" on him (clinched my fist and swong), I missed him but he did let go, but I got sent to the principal office. Mom was called down to the school. The 4 of us (me mom the teach & principal)had a pow-wow after school. The teacher insisted I be expelled, Mom wanted the teacher expelled, the principal simply asked me "were you talking in class?" I told the truth "yes I was", so the principal settled this for all of us, I was to apologize in front of the class to the teacher & to the class for the disruption, my mom interjected and said the teacher also has to apologize to me for "over reacting & pulling my hair" She got what she wanted. Of course that was not the end of it for me, I caught it good back home, but to this day I am soooo proud of my mom for letting them know just who they were messing with. They learned not to mess with Mrs. -------! My hair still got messed with but the other kids never messed with me after that, in fact I got respect, anyone who has the go-nads to square off on a teacher is cool! Sue the SOB's if they make you cut his hair!
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• United States
14 Jan 10
I agree with Cindy. I don't think the child should have to cut his hair. I mean there is a difference. If it was dirty that is another concern, but if it is clean and nicely combed then no problem. I know a few men that have hair and work behind a desk. Their hair is nicely combed and tied back. I do agree though a lot of schools are taking it a little to far now a days. My son can't wear a zip up sweater to school cause he always wears it and they say he it smells. What the school neglects to ask is ask him to take it off, he wears it all day cause he gets cold in school, it is actually his jacket, and it smells like laundry detergent. So as far as for those parents there is probably also a lot more to the story then is being spoken of to the public.
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• United States
14 Jan 10
I am not familiar with this case of the boy with the long hair, but here's my take on what you said: I feel that people should not be judged by the length of their hair, whether it be a school or a job situation. I see it as an act of discrimination, there are many many men out there who have high profile jobs because of their intelligence and experience who sport pony tails. I understand that some jobs do have rules, such as the military and the police, but it you don't want to cut your hair, then don't join these types of proffesions. My son and my husband both have keep their hair fairly short but I try to get them both to grow it out...they won't of course. If the boy you are talking about was put out of school because his hair was too long, I'd advise the parents to sue the school, that is ridiculous, children should be able to wear their hair in whatever style the parents accept, it should be up to NO ONE ELSE. Schools have no business at all telling parents that they have to cut their children's hair. It all reminds me of the song 'Signs' lol ( the line in the song 'long haired hippy people need not apply') have a great day
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• Canada
15 Jan 10
As long as the kids aren't wearing specific patterns and hairstyles that denote gang loyalty, then they should be left alone. A red shirt? No way!! But a red shirt with a gang logo on it? That's a problem. Long hair? Not a problem, but a red, green, yellow, and blue mohawk on a 6 year old might be an issue. LOL