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Boo! First Grader Suspended Over His Long Hair And Earring!

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Check out the news report (above) about six-year-old Gareth Shand who received in-school-suspension for his long hair AND for wearing an earring!!!

The school won't let him out of ISS until he takes out the earring and his parents cut his hair.

The boy's mother says that he's growing his hair out to donate it to Lock of Love, a charity that "provides hair pieces to cancer patients."

Ugh. Who are the awful people running this school??? We truly hope they have a change of heart and end this terrible policy!

Stay strong, Gareth! We fully support you!!!

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51 comments to “Boo! First Grader Suspended Over His Long Hair And Earring!”

  1. 1

    That's the policy of all schools you dumbass!!!

  2. 2

    That's considered long hair? Justin Bieber's hair is longer than that.

  3. clo27 says – reply to this


    Um, his hair is not even long and if it was who cares??? That is absolutely ridiculous. However, I would not allow my six year old boy to have his ear pierced.

  4. 4

    what's the harm in long hair and an earring??? schools should spend more time finding ways to better educate students. and what a great cause to grow your hair for. so he's being punished for having compassion for people. what a fucked up policy and the principal enforcing such foolishness obviously doesn't know what kids need to know about life. wonder what his kids are like?

  5. 5

    Welcome to south central Texas! Those parents of the kids picking on him should be ashamed - he's only six years old AND he's trying to do something good with his hair. It's not like it's even a distraction of any sort. Anyone that thinks otherwise is a moron.

  6. 6

    Didn't bother to check if it was private or public, private then the parent has to deal with it or send em somewhere else. Stupid rule but not a big deal.

  7. 7

    rules are rules. it's not like we ALL didn't have to do it. pfft. cut his hair, take out the earring and teach your kid that there are rules.

  8. 8

    Oh boohoo..Does anyone actually believe hes growing his hair out for cancer? LMAOROFL biggest load of crock. That said, WORKPLACES have rules. SCHOOLS have rules. Face it, we have to be live by rules in childhood and adult hood. Don't like it homeschool the little oreo

  9. 9

    Its not just Texas, I went to a highschool in Illinois and they wouldn't allow any of the males to wear earrings. Apparently it could be considered gang affiliated?

  10. 10

    Re: graphic – Uhm, maybe in Texas? I really wouldn't know, but I do know I have seen boys with longer hair then that and able to go to school.
    This is total discrimination. And why are they punishing the child for this? I know when I in 1st grade, I wasn't the one deciding how long my hair was. He also had his ear pierced at like 3, we all know he didn't make that decision. Taking him away from time in the class room, the more important issue at hand is his education. Funny how bullying the poor kid was probably more acceptable then his long hair or earring.

  11. 11

    Re: graphic – Wasn't a policy of any schools I went to.

  12. 12

    Re: graphic – Moron, it's not.

  13. 13

    I've noticed the mom is a 20 something..People of this generation are basically raising their children to be pansies and think they can do whatever they please. Instead of teaching this kid that just because he doesn't like a rule he can just rebel and pull some BS probably not true excuse in an attempt to get his way

  14. 14

    Unfortunately Perez , that is TEXAS school policy. It fucking SUCKS for my kids. So many damn stupid rules.

  15. 15

    I hope people WAKE UP soon and start to see what a police state we are living in. This is total discrimination! The little girls at this kid's school have even LONGER hair and wear two earrings or more. But that's OK because they are female? This is total bullshit and that kid's parents should sue for harassment and discrimination.

  16. 16

    i live in san antonio texas, (which is not far from blanco) and i've NEVER heard of this before. this is the stupidest thing in the world. he's just a little kid. it's causing NO distractions in school. if the kid had green hair now that may cause a distraction, but "long" hair and an earring? c'mon now, that's just ridiculous. most males today have their ears pierced anyways.

  17. 17

    To donate to locks of love you have to be able to cut TEN inches off at the longest point. This child's hair is NO WAY qualified. ( Nice thought though pal ) And as far as the earring. If the rules say NO then the rules say now. The mother is showing this kid that if he does not like the rules then fuck the system. Gimme a break.

  18. 18

    That's right., The Schools have rules dummy. He is not going to school for a fashion show and he can donate to a charity in other ways.

  19. 19

    I don't see a problem with his hair but i do have a problem with a first grader having his ear pierced, really mom? you thought you could get away with that? Just follow the rules, stop getting your kid suspended bc you decided you wanted to pierce the ear of a six year old. She should let the child be a child , he probably doesn't even know why he got in trouble. Make your son's life easier!

  20. 20

    Just because a school has "rules" doesn't automatically make them right. Or legal. If a school had a rule that all girls MUST have long hair, would that make it right? Or what if "school policy" mandated that children could only talk to their teacher and NOT with other children? Would that be OK too? Yes, schools have a right to make rules, but should not be able to create STUPID rules.

  21. 21

    She phoned all the newstations? Sounds sketchy…..

  22. 22

    This is disgusting. I cant believe there are actual schools out there with this policy..its shameful. FIRST of all - his hair is not even long! What do they want ? every boy to bald?! and even if his hair was long (ex. shoulder length) his reason to grow it should be supported. And I understand that not everyone agrees with the ear piercing - I personally would not let my son do it BUT 75% of girls have their ear pierced by the time they are that age, so nothing is wrong with it…this story is crazy, thank God i dont live near a school like that.

  23. 23

    And this is celebrity gossip how?

  24. 24

    Every school, public or private, has a dress code. The parents should know what it is. And aside from that… you're letting a 6 year old boy have long hair? EW! You know they're not the cleanest of creatures. That hair has to be a nightmare. And piercing their ear is just too white trash to believe.

  25. 25

    Re: DontTrustAnyone – His hair is not long enough YET, I believe it said he was growing it out. But anyway, if that is truly a rule at the school, I really don't understand why. That is in no way causing anyone harm or interfering with anyone's learning. I went to school in Texas also, and no school I went to had rules like those, especially regarding boys with long hair.

  26. 26

    Re: DontTrustAnyone – You do realize that there are more charities around than just Locks of Love, right? They make all lengths of hair pieces - my mom just lost her hair going through chemo and they have long, short, partial wigs (to kind of stick out under beanies to make it look like you sort of have hair), and everything in between. So don't be an asshole. Also, this kid's hair is curly as hell; it's probably already 4" if it was completely straightened anyway. Whose to say it wasn't his idea anyway? I went to school with a girl who had donated her hair TWICE by the time she was ten.

  27. 27

    I agree that such rules are dumb, but it's the school's policy. They don't have to let him go there.

  28. 28

    I don't know in what of schools you were parez but schools doesn't allow that

  29. 29

    Re: paulina=dan radcliffe fan #1
    I am guessing your school did not offer education on grammar?

  30. 30

    Re: DontTrustAnyone – I was just thinking that SAME thing, that locks of love makes you have a whole crapload of hair to cut off, not just a couple of shaggy strands like this kid. But you're right- distraction or not, it's a rule. And his mother is showing him that it's ok to break them.

  31. 31

    Ok the hair rule is a bit much. Nothing is wrong with his hair it is ADORABLE. The ear thing though I can understand. I would never pierce my boys ears.

  32. 32

    Re: Oh Resist Her – If you read the article, you would see that "Locks of Love" was highlighted IN BOLD. So even though there may be charities that accept shorter hair, that's no reason reason to go and call another poster an asshole (especially when they were right).

  33. 33

    This is ridiculous. Never in my life have I been to a school that forced anyone to cut their hair (his hair isn't even that long) or been forced to take out an earring. If the school is private, there may be rules that say you have to be prim and proper, but what's so wrong with expressing yourself? If the school is public, there is no excuse. The only rules about dress code that we had in my schools was shorts and skirts had to reach your fingertips, and in high school you couldn't wear hats, and your pants couldn't be sagging low, and for girls we had the 3 B's NO BOOBS, BUTTS, OR BRA STRAPS showing.

  34. 34

    I personally think the kid is precious. However, rules are rules at school. Why is everyone acting shocked by this? Mom needs to quit being an idiot and stop putting her child in a bad situation!

  35. Coqi says – reply to this


    I am in Texas and this has been a rule in schools since I was in elementary (25 years). It is STANDARD procedure. Boys used to get haircut checks…had to be off the collar…just as girls had to get skirt checks. A rule is a rule for ALL students you jackass.

  36. Coqi says – reply to this


    Re: bbydoll21 – I am outside of San Antonio - about 30 miles - and this has been procedure in most of the small towns. When I went to high school in a bigger town nearby the rule was not existent.

    Anyway, Mario's acts like it is crazy, and specific, discrimination.

  37. 37

    OKAY, the mother is not telling her kid to break the rules, she is telling him that these rules are discrimination. If it's not a rule for girls then it should not be a rule for boys, simple as that. As for the people that believe that this mother is raising her child to be pansy simply because of long hair and and an earring. Get a reality check, just because it's different doesn't mean she's letting her child run around wild. It's just as possible that this boy does chores, is told from right and wrong, does his homework, is nice to little kids, etc. But here you are judging him because he has long hair and earring. It's obvious that some people parents have instilled a no tolerance policy for people who choose to express themselves differently.

  38. Thor says – reply to this


    The hair I dont have a problem with it doesnt look all that long…But an earring on a 6 year old boy just screams white trash!!! It's never to early to start obeying rules, no wonder how "lame" the mother might think they be!

  39. 39

    Good! because these fucking parents raising trash out in the open is getting fucking ridiculous. That is school policy. You don't like it, then home-school your fucking kid. School is not a fashion show, like my mom use to tell me. You go there to learn. I'm from NYC born and raised, and I think parents need to stop using their kids as a fucking blank canvasses. Your time is up, the time is over for you to be cool. Get over it. Dressing your kid weird for school not only distrcts other students who come from DECENT parents but also influences and encourages cliques, and possibly bullying. Let's stay focused on the ball. Shall we. School is not the fucking mall.

  40. 40

    Boys having regular hair cuts is very popular with school dress codes even public. Dress codes are important or kids will be running around with saggy jeans, pajamas or girls wearing tube tops and daisy duke shorts to school. Some regulations are rediculous at my daughters school all boys must have their shirts tucked in but regular hair cuts is not to much to ask by the school. If the school allowed him to grow out his hair for the charity then all the other boys will use the same excuse to grow their hair out and never actually donate. When this kid becomes an adult will he be the one that stays unemployed living with his mothers basement because he doesn't want to shave or cut his hair?

  41. 41

    A report came out from one of the mothers whose child attends the same school and she says that this mother didn't enroll her kid into the locks of love program until AFTER the school had already put the mother on notice that her son's hair was too long. If this is in fact true, then this mother is a horrible mother who is attempting to skirt the dress code rules. If you want your son to have long hair, then fight the dress code rules, don't find a legitimate cause to back your illegitimate stand point.

  42. 42

    obviously no father in sight. im sure its gonna turn out great for him. go mom!

    its not about you and your creative expression…its school. go learn some math. dont make a statement about you.

    what a f'ed up generation of single parent losers.

    look at me look at me…give me attention.

  43. 43

    perez is all for him, unless he went to school wearing an "i hate gay" shirt…then it wouldnt be ok for him to express himself….right tool?

  44. 44

    Just because something is the RULE doesn't mean you need to abide by that. BLACK PEOPLE SHOULDN'T RIDE ON PUBLIC TRANSIT.. ITS THE RULE. Oh wait.. If we all thought like that, where would we be? Grow a fucking brain people. Everyone is different. Get over it.

  45. 45

    So let me get tis straight. It is OK for a girl to have long hair and pierced ears but not for a boy??? Since when? That is discrimination..point blank. I would fight it. If a first rade girl can pierce her ears so can the boy. It is homophobic BS an d TX is full of homophobs.

  46. @v@ says – reply to this


    Why do they care? Why so much control? Squash all of the next Bill Gates or job creators by putting emphasis on all the wrong things. He looks ok to me. He's probably a delightful kid. Now. Wait till they get through with him. Shrugs.

  47. @v@ says – reply to this


    The hair or earring shouldn't matter either way, so she should just cut it and take the earring out so her son doesn't miss any basic learning at this critical stage. Sounds like she's so young that she's still in her rebellious phase. It's about him, not her. I don't see how the hair or earring matter, but it's about the boy; not her or what she believes.

  48. 48

    I think every school should have a dress code, not that this kid looks bad or anything BUT many kids go to school in ridiculous unappropriate outfits especially junioe & high schoolers. Rules are rules there needs to be some in the schools geez whats the point anymore if there aren't any? Everything willl just be so out of control if everyone just does what they will.

  49. Pmitc says – reply to this


    That is the stupidest thing I ever heard of. I live in the state of Texas and they are way too uptight over the dumbest things. Lighten up!!!! The kids looks fine, I would not even consider his hair long by any means. Shame on the school….idiots!!!

  50. 50

    I work in a junior high and as a district employee I have my own dress code. I guess I should start wearing my ripped up hoochie shorts and tank tops to class because it infringes on my rights for them to tell me I can't. It's the principal of the matter. My district has a similar hair policy thats as strict if not more than the one in the boys school district. Yes, girls wear earrings and have long hair, they also wear bras and skirts…would the boys like one of them too? Rules prepare kids for laws. Trim his hair and take his ridiculous earring out.

  51. 51

    His hair isn't even 'long', it is super-cute though. The earring isn't to my taste but whatever floats your boat, it is a sleeper, not a hoop, so it isn't dangerous or anything.