Monday, June 6, 2011

Riddle Me This...

With two days left in the school year and not being sent home one day in his life for anything, we got a call from Ashton's school today saying we needed to go pick him up.  Now what did my 6 year old son do that was so terrible that they couldn't deal with him for another 2 days?  Did he beat up another child?  Maybe swear at a teacher?  Nope!  It was because of a hair cut, an ugly one yet but certainly not offensive by ANY means, that my son was sent home from school today!  Now, explain something to me Shopaholics because, as you can tell, I'm a bit peeved at the whole situation.  My son didn't come to school with a shirt that said something like, " Cocaine is a hell of a drug!" or "My ride is your Mom!" yet he was treated exactly the same as if he had.  It's embarrassing for a 6 year old to be pulled out of class!  Especially when he hasn't had the easiest year to begin with, at this school.  Between children bullying him and the teacher not helping him with his cursive handwriting work because, she splits the class in half and half do reading and half do writing and then they switch.  She only helps the reading portion of the class and has the writing portion do "silent class work" where they figure it out on their own and, get this, they're not allowed to ask questions!  Isn't that a doosey?  Other than that, this school has been nothing but wonderful!  I don't want to put Ashton in public school because here in Florida the public schools are atrocious!  I moved down here from Wisconsin in the 7th grade and the children in my class were being taught things I was taught up there in 3rd grade!  And that is no exaggeration!  These schools are so far behind it's nuts!  My mom is a K5 teacher and was teaching her students to count to 25 by 1s when Ashton was learning to count to 100 by 1s, 5s and 10s!  So you can see why I don't want to put him in a public school, but I don't think we'll be sticking with this school next year either.  
So Shopaholics..Riddle me this..Here is a picture of Ashton's new hair cut.  Now like I said, yes, it's a bit ugly. (Josh cut it, totally not my idea!) BUT Ashton likes it, there's only 2 days left in the year and how is this haircut or any haircut for that matter, offensive enough to send a 6 year old boy home from school and embarrass him to the point of tears?  I'm a very understanding person! I'm not one of those moms that thinks my kid is perfect and the school is just out to get him! My Mom is a teacher and deals with dress code violations all the time so I know how frustrating it is for teachers but for a first time offense, especially for something this small, couldn't they just send home a note saying, cut the hair? If Ashton does something wrong or if we dressed him in something inappropriate, this post wouldn't even be written or I would at least admit to it!  But I don't feel we did anything wrong!  Do you?


  1. I'll be honest, Ashley, I'm shocked and appalled over this! I've never ever heard of a school censoring students for bad haircuts! I think Ashton was treated unfairly. A lot of public schools are adopting uniform policies, but I've not heard of any that have haircut clauses!

    If I were you, I would consult Ashton's school's dress code policy and find out whether or not there was actually any violation of policy. If the school can give you a solid, concrete reason as to why his haircut was deemed "offensive" or "inappropriate", then so be it. If not, then I would lodge a complaint with the school, or the school board if necessary.

    Where are they going to draw the line at self-expression for our kids? They can no longer dress the way they want to. Schools tell them what books they can and cannot read, what music they can and cannot listen to. And it seems that kids can't even be free to commit their own haircut faux-pas.

    Good luck, girl. I hope you can get this situation resolved!

  2. Come to find out, the problems with Ashton's hair were as follows:
    a. Spiky hair not allowed
    b. No definitive hair lines
    c. Children are only allowed to have fade haircuts although Ashton's hair has been long all year long. Not super long like his Daddy's but much longer than a fade and we've never heard a thing. We've sent Ashton to school with spiked up hair as well and never had a problem.

  3. This is a private school and no I was not given any reason except the dress code. The principal said it was because it was "sculpted, spiky and he had a hair line" Thank you for the comment hun I'll have to look into what I can do, I just emailed him a few minutes ago.

  4. It does seem a bit extreme! Even after looking at the rules, the rules seem a little extreme. Especially considering there are only 2 days left. Thanks for stopping by the S&R weekend hop! Hope to see you again next weekend. I'm following you now~
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  5. Wow - that is crazy! Even for a private school... I like his hair =)
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