A second grader in McMinneville, Tennessee has been forced to shave his head after his principal said his “military” haircut wouldn’t be allowed in class.
According to Adam Stinnet’s parents, the seven-year-old boy got a “high and tight” haircut to imitate his brother, a soldier in the Army who has served in Afghanistan. Just one day later, on March 9, the family received a letter from the principal saying the boy’s new look violated a school rule against “mohawk haircuts and other extreme cuts.”
His parents disagreed and sent Adam to school again without cutting his hair. This time, his mother, Amy, was summoned to meet the principal in person, and was told that until Adam’s hairdo changed, he would not be allowed back in class.
Deciding that the hair wasn’t worth having Adam suspended, Amy decided to give in.
“I did shave his head,” Stinnett said Thursday, according to the Army Times. “With no hair, he looks sick all the time.”
Ironically, the boy’s school, Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary, is named for a local war hero killed in Vietnam.
Amy took the story to the local press, and it has since snowballed to receive national attention.
The local school district has since been in damage control. A Wednesday press release denied that either the district or Bobby Ray have a policy banning military haircuts. However, the district has refused to comment on the specifics of Adam’s case.
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