A third-grader has been suspended from school because she shaved her head to support her best friend just 11 years old who has neuroblastoma cancer. The school did not understand this well, calling it a violation of the dress code.
“Since Delaney [Clements] is my best friend, I decided to shave my hair because I did not want her to be the only one,” says Kamryn Renfro.
Her school, Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colorado, says shaved heads are not allowed in school under the dress code and as a result will not attend classes. Kamryn was told to come back when her hair grew back.
“I could not go to school because of my shaved head,” Kamryn said. “I wanted to share my story but they did not let me.”
“Initially, I was furious,” said Kamryn’s mom, Jamie Renfro, according to school officials. “We still really respected the dress code. We just did not agree with it. “
After Jamie decided to share on Facebook what happened to her daughter many people have expressed anger toward the school.
“Words can not express how humbled my family is from all the support that our friends, family, and even people we have never met before, have shown us through this ordeal,” Jamie wrote on Facebook.
Although a separate meeting was held with school leaders, they confirmed that shaved heads were not permitted and that the school dress code was “created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.”
“She got up, got ready, and held her head high as she walked into her classroom this morning,” Jamie posted on Facebook the morning Kamryn returned to school. “To say her dad and I are proud, is a total understatement.”
The mother of the sick girl says that she appreciates the gesture made by Kamryn “Kamryn did such a selfless thing for my daughter,”
In fact, Jamie does not blame the school but the established rules that according to her should be changed.