This reminds me of the stupidity in the 60s. In Houston, a city with one of the highest murder rates in the country, young men were arrested while walking down the street, put in a cop care and hauled off to jail. Their offense? Their hair was below their collars. Forget that someone was getting raped, robbed or murdered two blocks away.
Now, here we are nearly 50 years later and about to begin 2010, and it seems we haven't progressed an inch. This little four year old boy was expelled from school for having his hair too long. School officials have rescinded the expulsion and put him on in-school suspension instead. Why don't they just make him wear a hairshirt, so he can stick out even more like a sore thumb?
The officials explain that the rule applies to everyone in school. They admit that it's a little conservative but the rule is there because long hair is distracting. That's ridiculous, and they know it, so why don't they change the rule at the first opportunity.
While I don't agree with the school authorities, I have a few problems with the parents as well. I'm sure they knew the dress code when they put the kid in school there. Whether they agree with the rule or not, they need to teach this very cute little boy about boundaries.
Worse, nobody here is thinking about the psychological impact on the child because he's being isolated.