A student at a Utah high school who was suspended for dying her hair red has been allowed to return to classes because the color faded, administrators claimed.
Rylee McKay, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Hurricane Middle School, was originally suspended for violating the school’s dress code policies, which stipulate that students can only dye their hair within a range of “normal” colors.
School authorities determined that McKay’s hair was too pink when examined under certain lighting, and suspended her until she changed it back.
“We’d asked her to not come until she complied with the policy,” said Principal Roy Hoyt in a statement. “Ninety-nine percent of our parents come in here with the attitude, ‘okay, we’ll comply,’ and they take care of it within hours. I believe we did the right thing.”
But McKay insisted that her stylist only used red and brown colors to dye her hair, which should be permissible under the policy. Earlier this week, she returned to classes after administrators expressed the view that her hair had faded to an acceptable shade of red.
“They told me it looked like the pink had gone out, and I told them there had never been any pink in it,” she said in an interview with CNN.
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