Local student launches petition after being threatened with expulsion over hair length

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A senior from the Livingston Parish school district is urging officials to change its dress code following threats to be expelled over his hair length.

Jeremy McCain started a petition with Care2 after being called to the principal’s office on March 22, and being told he’d be thrown out of the school if he didn’t cut his hair.

That petition has gathered over 14,000 signatures.

With only a month to go before his graduation from Walker High School, McCain says school officials wouldn’t allow a senior to walk the stage at last year’s graduation for refusing to cut his hair. 

A public school – that society’s taxes pays for – is willing to deny a child an education because of the way they look,” said McCain.

Your hair should never get in the way of your education. Livingston Parish School Board should abolish this unnecessary rule.”

The dress code states the following:

 “Male hair length must be of even distribution. The hair may not extend below the plane of the shoulder nor down upon the eyebrow in front, nor down below the earlobes. Hair must be clean, well-groomed and neat at all times.”

“(Lines cut in the hair, shaven hair, “mohawk” cuts, extreme coloring of hair, “tails” or any other hairstyle which interferes with a student’s performance or that of his classmates is prohibited.”

McCain’s Care2 petition can be viewed and signed here.

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