Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ohio school suspends boy over Mohawk

Did I miss something? Did the US stop being a free country while I was sleeping?

A kindergarten student with a freshly spiked Mohawk has been suspended from school. Michelle Barile, the mother of 6-year-old Bryan Ruda, said nothing in the Parma Community School handbook prohibits the haircut, characterized by closely shaved sides with a strip of prominent hair on top. The school said the hair was a distraction for other students.

Kids in kindergarten are distracted by flashing lights, loud noises and movement as well. As a matter of fact, kids that age can't pay attention to anything for longer than ten minutes at a time. So you're going to deprive a child of arguably the most important grade-level education cause other kids can't stop staring at his head? Perhaps instead this would be a good time to teach the acceptance of something different from the norm and how, as human beings, we shouldn't judge or punish anyone a bit different than the rest of us. Great example you're setting. Morons.

"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair."

Get this kid back in school. If his mom wants him to look like a 1980's punk rocker that's her right. He'll hate her later for it.

An administrator at the suburban Cleveland charter school first warned Barile last fall that the haircut wasn't acceptable. The school later sent another warning to her reiterating the ban.

It's a haircut. Loosen the fuck up.

Mohawks violate the school's policy on being properly groomed, school Principal Linda Geyer said.

Properly groomed by who's standards? I was unaware that Linda Geyer, school principal in Ohio was the leading expert in human grooming.

Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an option, she said. "It's something that he really likes," Barile said. "When people hear Mohawk, they think it's long, it's spiked, it's crazy looking, and it's really not."

There's no hope for the future when we all concentrate on this trival situations. Do you honestly think that these children won't experience distractions later on in life. Wouldn't this be a good time to teach them how to deal with distraction. Removal of distraction is rarely an option. You can't make problems go away, especially in adulthood. Usually because those distractions and problems are other people. And that's called murder. It's illegal. Isn't the entire purpose of education to prepare the young for adulthood. Instead, we shield the young from the reality of adulthood as long as we possibly can. This is why so many kids coming out of school are completely lost. In a few decades, the entire adult population of this country will not know how to deal with life in general. Good work everyone, we've kept them safe. For now.


Blogger Kari said...

That's absolutely ridiculous! What a stupid thing for the school to do. You're right, this would have been a PERFECT opportunity to teach those children a real LIFE lesson about accepting yourself as well as others. What a shame.

February 28, 2008 4:49 PM  

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