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(Fox News)   Precious little snowflake suspended after dyeing her hair pink because the school conduct code says that hair color must be "natural"   (foxnews.com) divider line 214
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2007-11-16 07:29:27 PM  
Lusiphur: But no, this bored suburban cretin dyed her hair pink, which was very clearly against school policy (and as previously mentioned, does not qualify as protected speech) and got the exact punishment listed in the same handbook. Thats how laws work. This one actually happens to be a really inoffensive one that got carried out appropriately.

Hmmm so freedom of expression is fine as long as it is what you view as legitimate self expression?

*scratches head*

Really?
 
2007-11-16 07:30:09 PM  
Thank Gawd I graduated in the 1980s !!

It seems that today Schools have become intolerant and militant about inconsequential bullshiat!

Isn't the point to show up and learn. Schools today should be more focused on teaching and educating ... and less time being fashion police.

Jeezus H chrixmas.
 
2007-11-16 07:30:17 PM  
img.photobucket.com

/surprised there are no They Live references yet
 
2007-11-16 07:30:23 PM  
The public schools around here have a "School uniform".. if you income is below, they will help with the cost of the uniforms, so it goes a step about this. What they find is that there isn't the compilation between students for who has the "most recent" fashions at school. No sure if it helps with the grades, but I do agree with the notion that you work to how you are dressed.

In a way, this would be a lesson for her into the "real world" most employers wouldn't stand for pink hair in the work place. In fact, our dress code for my job has the "naturally colored hair" clause in it.
 
2007-11-16 07:30:46 PM  
images.teamsugar.com

/the girl in question
 
2007-11-16 07:31:03 PM  
the whole bashing kids thing is getting a bit thin. Children are sometimes troubling, always difficult, but they are really the main thing in life. without trying to sound like a 1970's soul song, the children are our future, but they are also a joy in your personal life.

I know a lot of Farkers are young, cynical and jaded narcissists, but time will change you. maybe.
 
2007-11-16 07:31:04 PM  
blah blah blah not newsworthy blah blah blah why did this get greenlighted blah blah blah wasted bandwidth.
 
2007-11-16 07:31:11 PM  
RowdyChurch: Thank Gawd I graduated in the 1980s !!

AMEN!
 
2007-11-16 07:31:41 PM  
If you don't like it, get home schooled.

Though I don't get why resources need to be devoted to this, I don't understand why self-righteous cockbags can't just follow rules? It isn't as if the rules are so strict that a person cannot have hair at all (omg slippery slope, here comes the science from someone else, I'm sure), or they are requesting something that is impossible from the students.

But whatever makes you feel better at night about a bunch of idiot kids with so little personality that they can do nothing more than express everything there is to know about them with some pink crap in the hair. Whatever makes you feel better about your misguided sense of individuality.
 
2007-11-16 07:31:44 PM  
So nice to know that school still sucks ass.
 
2007-11-16 07:32:44 PM  
thisisntnamtherearerules

I always see those pants at school with pink written on the naughty bits and I have to resist the urge to walk up to them and say, "I know."

Unless your meat curtains look like mangled roast beef, pink is pretty much standard. No need to advertise.
 
2007-11-16 07:32:45 PM  
The school district I went through was never considered to be very good academically. Of course the school board decided it was probably because the way the students dressed. Get a dress code and grades and behavior will improve!

Now, years after making and enforcing a dress code the scores are worse and students are more out of control every year...

All this bullshiat is schools grasping at straws.. the real reasons are always at home. Parenting, or the lack of it I guess I should say. But keep on clamping down on stupid shiat, maybe one day the people that are supposed to be in charge of teaching our children will actually learn something.
 
2007-11-16 07:32:48 PM  
My hair is dyed pink, so I am really getting a kick out of these replys.

/i'm not lying about the hair either! I used Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink.
 
2007-11-16 07:33:26 PM  
Seems like the parents / tax payers of the school district should have a say in things too. A little individuality or style should be encouraged, not repressed.

The end comment about 'it used to be my natural hair color too' brings unwanted mental images of carpeting gone grey. Jealousy is a terrible thing.
 
2007-11-16 07:33:28 PM  
"As long as we could tell she is making progress toward a more natural color, she can come to class," Principal Trish Baldwin told the newspaper. Baldwin, the newspaper reports, is a honey blonde.

"At one time," she joked, "it was my natural color."


Ha ha, you horrid kunt.
 
2007-11-16 07:34:26 PM  
she was shown a passage in the dress code that requires "Hair color must be natural."

Sooooo did any check to see if she was naturally pink??

/que the jailbait pics
 
2007-11-16 07:35:05 PM  
PTSSTP: There are kids with friggen blue spiked-up hair, and we have one of the best performing schools in NJ.

And I'm sure that theres also no rule against it. All you high and mighty "freedom from everything for everyone" people keep missing a vital point: The effect that the color itself has on discipline is irrelevant. It is not such a restrictive or unfair rule that it deserves to be struck down immediately simply because the results of studies are inconclusive. The point is that it was against the rules, and the student was warned of this. Now, this put the principal in a terrible position: He could either follow through with the rules as stated, or he could bend. If he went with the latter, what kind of message is he sending? Most people follow the rules precisely and solely because of ear of the consequences. If he let her go without recieving the just punishment she deserved, he would be letting people know that rules really didn't have to be followed. It's a slippery slope, and one well-documented and researched by sociologists.

These things have to be done, not because hair color or dress code violations are distractive to other students or pose a safety risk or any of that bullshiat, but because kids quickly learn that if you can break one rule and get away with it, you can break more. If you don't hold them accountable for something so small and insignificant as hair color, they won't believe that you'll hold them accountable for something bigger.
 
2007-11-16 07:35:43 PM  
I wonder if this rule applies to the teachers.
 
2007-11-16 07:39:27 PM  
Meh, the parents will just sue and win. Kind of weird that my own middle school seems to have set a legal precedent for this (the whole Napa\Tigger socks thing). Quite frankly I think they're both wrong, but I'll always side on the side of free speech.
 
2007-11-16 07:40:04 PM  
Mugato: The Constitution doesn't apply to students, even in a public school, you ignorant farks.

The Supreme Court disagrees with you.

Tinker et al. v. Des Moines, 1969:

"First Amendment rights, applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment, are available to teachers and students. It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate."
 
2007-11-16 07:42:07 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Picture of one of the school officials in question:

Another:
images.squidoo.com

/my 3 year old daughter loves that show!
 
2007-11-16 07:44:03 PM  
If she really wanted to stand out, she should have shaved her head. What could the principal do about that? Her hair color would still have been "natural," but he wouldn't have been able to demand to see it without breaking the law and being branded a sexual predator.
 
2007-11-16 07:44:06 PM  
superVsteve: N. S. Radieaux: Picture of one of the school officials in question:

Another:


/my 3 year old daughter loves that show!


Anyone one got that pic where the super hero is checking that she is naturally pink? You know the one.
 
2007-11-16 07:44:19 PM  
www.sheep101.info
 
2007-11-16 07:44:59 PM  
The principals at my school always loved my oddly coloured hair. The one would always tell me its better to dye my hair as rebellion than start doing drugs.
Then again I grew up in a laid back hippie town.
 
2007-11-16 07:45:41 PM  
Lusiphur: and got the exact punishment listed in the same handbook. Thats how laws work.

School policy is not law.
 
2007-11-16 07:46:57 PM  
Lusiphur: Lusiphur: soze: I ask this just about every "student dyes hair color x, principal gets all pissy" thread we have, but really: why the fark does anyone care? If dying your hair pink is the best you can do as far as personal expression, you really haven't got a damn thing worth expressing.

Please provide spiffy charts. Maybe even a Powerpoint presentation.

FTFY. Seriously, though, dying your hair pink does not meet the supreme courts criteria for speech, and as such is not protected under the first amendment.


From firstamendmentcenter.org:

"If I wear my hair long or dye it an unusual color, can I get in trouble at school?

Courts are much divided on this issue. Among the federal appeals courts, the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 8th circuits have seemed receptive to students' claims of free-expression rights concerning their hair. But the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th circuits have seemed unreceptive.

Many cases involving student hair today deal not with length but color. For example, a high school student from Virginia sued his school district in federal court after school officials suspended him for having blue hair. A federal judge reinstated the student, finding a violation of his constitutional rights.

Generally, courts that have found a constitutional issue have ruled along similar lines, claiming that a student's choice of hair color and style represents either a First Amendment free-expression issue or a 14th Amendment liberty or equal-protection interest. Some courts have even pointed out that regulating students' hair has a more permanent effect than regulating their dress because outside school they can change their clothes more readily than their hairstyles or color.

Conversely, the courts that have sided with school districts have generally ruled that students' wearing of long hair "does not rise to the dignity of a protectable constitutional issue."

Either way, different courts have simply come to different legal conclusions. As a result, students' rights in this regard largely depend on where they live."

Apparently, the Supreme Court has yet to hear this issue.
 
2007-11-16 07:48:13 PM  
puffy999: If you don't like it, get home schooled.

If there's one thing I trust less than a Government Employee teaching me, it's my own parents.
 
2007-11-16 07:48:18 PM  
It's only hair, it is not news or reason for concern....GET OVER IT
 
2007-11-16 07:48:26 PM  
drunkenwildmage: The public schools around here have a "School uniform".. if you income is below, they will help with the cost of the uniforms, so it goes a step about this. What they find is that there isn't the compilation between students for who has the "most recent" fashions at school. No sure if it helps with the grades, but I do agree with the notion that you work to how you are dressed.

In a way, this would be a lesson for her into the "real world" most employers wouldn't stand for pink hair in the work place. In fact, our dress code for my job has the "naturally colored hair" clause in it.


This is where I luck out, I currently have waist length black,blonde and pink dreadlock extensions and no one in the place has an issue with them.
 
2007-11-16 07:49:11 PM  
MissMalice: The principals at my school always loved my oddly coloured hair. The one would always tell me its better to dye my hair as rebellion than start doing drugs.
Then again I grew up in a laid back hippie town.


Yikes I hope this story does not end with the Principal having you stay after school to help him clean his office?
 
2007-11-16 07:49:39 PM  
Hell, the whole school should shave their heads in a show of solidarity. I'd pay to see the expression on the micro-managing farkwad's face on Monday morning!
 
2007-11-16 07:49:50 PM  
because nothing is more important when teaching when to give undue attention to someone who's looking for attention
 
2007-11-16 07:50:19 PM  
My hair is gone ... but it left naturally.
 
2007-11-16 07:50:42 PM  
HAMMERTOE: Hell, the whole school should shave their heads principal's head in a show of solidarity. I'd pay to see the expression on the micro-managing farkwad's face on Monday morning!
 
2007-11-16 07:50:54 PM  
Ashrams: MissMalice: The principals at my school always loved my oddly coloured hair. The one would always tell me its better to dye my hair as rebellion than start doing drugs.
Then again I grew up in a laid back hippie town.

Yikes I hope this story does not end with the Principal having you stay after school to help him clean his office?


Female principal and no... no staying after class.. she was just very laid back and had no issues with hair or piercings
 
2007-11-16 07:51:20 PM  
img263.imageshack.us
 
2007-11-16 07:51:26 PM  
Damn Chinese anime. It's corrupting our youth internal and externally.
 
2007-11-16 07:52:35 PM  
Tat should mean the teachers cannot dye their precious grey hair. No blue haired teachers!!!!! Get rid of the toupee!
 
2007-11-16 07:55:41 PM  
They ought to home school Pinky so she can more openly express her individuality and flamboyance. School is just holding her back from her calling as a stripper anyway.

Ashley Davis said she just wanted to be herself.

Herself, only pinker and better. She's like salmon, the other pink meat.
 
2007-11-16 07:58:18 PM  
wyltoknow: soze: I ask this just about every "student dyes hair color x, principal gets all pissy" thread we have, but really: how does hair color affect scholastic performance?

It's not just about hair color. It's about the attitude. Having children keep natural hair colors, dress in solid-color shirts, unbaggy pants or mandatory belts, all of this encourages a sense of professionalism in the classroom. I don't have any spiffy charts to prove my point, all I have is the anecdotal evidence of having seen this in action. I spent a few years in a high school that had pretty much no dress-code at all, and test scores/grades were abysmal. I spent a few years in a high school with a strict dresscode like the one I mentioned above, and it was one of the highest-performing schools in the county. Now I know this could also be because of several other factors, correlation != causation, yadda yadda. I'm just sayin.


You can't go on your experience alone. I'm willing to bet the issue is more that crappy schools are more likely to not care how you dress, because they don't seem to care much at all. In any case, I think it's dumb. Let the kids dye their hair. They're kids. We have to spend our whole lives looking professional. Being a kid is the best time for having harmless fun.
 
2007-11-16 07:59:48 PM  
KresentPhresh: If there's one thing I trust less than a Government Employee teaching me, it's my own parents.

You might as well start accepting that your parents, for better or for worse, were/are your primary influences throughout your life. Don't stay angry forever.
 
2007-11-16 08:00:03 PM  
Unfortunately, shaving the principal's head would be considered assault, but I like the way you think.

Perhaps a water balloon filled with Nair. Hair wax inside the brim of his hat. etc.
 
2007-11-16 08:01:16 PM  
Lusiphur
...this bored suburban cretin dyed her hair pink...

puffy999
I don't understand why self-righteous cockbags can't just follow rules?... But whatever makes you feel better at night about a bunch of idiot kids with so little personality that they can do nothing more than express everything there is to know about them with some pink crap in the hair. Whatever makes you feel better about your misguided sense of individuality.


I see comments like these all the time on the 'precious snowflake threads', and I always wonder, what the fark is wrong with you guys? Seriously, what the fark is wrong with you?

She's a teenaged girl who wanted to die her hair pink.

That's all. She's not a terrorist, or a child molester, or a crooked politician, or a libtard or whatever normally raises pulses here. I understand the debate about dress codes, etc, but this visceral disgust with a young girl who wanted to do something she probably just thought would be fun or maybe even "rebellious" - why?? So what if it's been done before? So what if this would never fly in the corporate world? Who cares? What possible difference can it make to you, aside from you having to take valuable time out of your day, time you no doubt would have used to do amazing novel things that no one had ever done or thought of before and that would have no doubt advanced our society in wondrous ways.

I had hair down to my butt in high school. I thought it looked good, and I was perfectly aware that I was not the first guy to do it. Apparently, what that ACTUALLY meant was that I was a stupid, pathetic suburban self-righteous asshole who had nothing to say whatsoever. (Did I mention I must have been a raging asshole because I had long hair? I don't want to forget to mention that part, about being an cockbag asshole.)

No. I was just a nice kid with long hair.
 
2007-11-16 08:01:50 PM  
Didn't we have a similar story last week where the student was suspended for adding maroon highlights? Oh, wait... that was a black student, so the suspension was labeled "racist", and the family got an apology from the school board.
 
2007-11-16 08:02:33 PM  
media.sacbee.com

From the main article. Hair doesn't look too unnatural.
 
2007-11-16 08:04:06 PM  
My daughter was suspended for three weeks for wearing red color, as it was not "socially" acceptable.

Just more of the "no child left behind" crap, that programs all children into being the same good little slaves of commerce and corporations, also ensures all people will be the same and everyone will be average.
 
2007-11-16 08:04:33 PM  
I can't believe this is the 20th century and people are still worried about what color or hair style someone has
 
2007-11-16 08:06:11 PM  
soze:
No, I understand that it's just a symptom of petty power-tripping bureaucrats. However, there are some people that support these decisions and I'd like to know if they have any reasoning outside of "follow the rules because them's the rules".


There are three theories behind dress codes:

(1) Pink hair/wierd clothing/nudity is distracting and would cause the other students not to pay attention to the teacher as much... and most of them barely do it at all anyhow, so any more distraction could result in total lost of a life. This is probably the weakest, but in the same sense that "cruel and unusual punishment" is a stupid doctrine, i.e. it doesn't stop people from using it to some effect.

(2) Pink hair/jewelry/gang-related paraphenalia promotes and aids the formation of social cliques which sometimes escalate to the point of inter-student violence.

(3) Uniformity encourages children to identify with their school, and, thus, each other. The ability to form a bond of loyalty to your fellow man is just as important a thing to learn as math or reading.

//This is from my dealings with school officials, students and parents in various pre-college schools. Personally, I'd put all the little bastards in school-supplied uniforms. Beat each other up over your clothing now, motherfarkers.
 
2007-11-16 08:07:02 PM  
Good lord. Americans. Phht, thank Christ I got my kids out of there. Any colour you like, no metal detectors in sight and the only real threats are stupid chavs. Good education too, you get to learn about religions and proper science pretty much everywhere.

/Just having a laugh.
//I'm sure you're doing just fine.
 
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