Uniformity vs. Individualism


In the news story presented below a young girl, 9 years old, demonstrated caring for a classmate. For her caring attitude she was suspended from school. (The suspension has been temporarily lifted.)

This story immediately reminded me of the 1984 Apple Macintosh commercial - offered in a slightly edited fashion at the bottom of this posting.

NEWS STORY (Be certain to notice the highlighting. Are our government institutions truly seeking to cull out the spirit of individualism than make our nation great? I beleive this to be the case. This story is not unique.)


Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer - March 25, 2014

Kamryn Renfro was barred from school after shaving her head to support her friend, Delaney, who is undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer, KDVR.com reports. (KDVR.com)

A 9-year-old Colorado girl was kept out of school on Monday after shaving her head to support a friend battling cancer.

KDVR.com reports that officials at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction told the student, Kamryn, she couldn't come back to class without a wig or until her natural hair grew back because her shaved head violates the school's dress code.

With her parents' approval, Kamryn shaved her head in support of her friend, 11-year-old Delaney, who is battling neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, and recently started chemotherapy.

"It felt like the right thing to do," Kamryn told 9News.com.

Delaney's mom, Wendy Campbell, told the station she was surprised Caprock Academy refused to let Kamryn in because of the dress code.

"I didn't realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school," Campbell said. "For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement and it builds character in a child,"

In a statement to 9News.com, Catherine Norton Breman, president and Chair of the academy's board of directors, said the dress code "was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted."

Delaney said she was happy to have her friend's support.

"It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did, but now that she didn't get to, she's kind of sad," Delaney told 9News.com.

Kamryn's mother told the station the school's board of directors will meet Tuesday night to discuss this situation and the policy. Kamryn has also been invited back to school Tuesday.

Video from 1984:

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