Pink Hair Suspension Overturned In Delaware
March 21, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
NEWARK, Del. (UPI) — Officials in a Delaware school district said a girl who was suspended last week for dyeing her hair pink is being allowed to return to class.
Brianna Moore, 12, a sixth-grader at Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark, was allowed to dye her hair pink as a reward for good grades last week, and she was suspended Thursday for violating a school policy banning “excessive hair colors, red, blue, green etc.,” the Wilmington News Journal reported Wednesday.
Christina School District spokeswoman Wendy Lapham said the suspension was overturned and Moore was allowed to return to class Tuesday. She said the middle school is the only school in the district with a hair color policy and officials are likely to review the rule.
The reversal came after negotiations between the district’s lawyer and the ACLU of Delaware, which took up the Moore family’s case.
“Every hour a child spends out of school affects their education,” said Kathleen MacRae, executive director of the ACLU of Delaware. “I wish the schools would think twice before they do that.”