Teen Growing Out Hair for Sick Sister Told To Cut It By School


An 11-year-old girl named Maggie "was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease in October, a disorder also known as Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis that causes inflammation of blood vessels in the nose, sinuses, throat, lungs and kidneys, and can slow blood flow to organs, according to the Mayo Clinic. The fifth-grader told WOAI/KABB that she often gets nauseous, and has to undergo chemotherapy and dialysis."

After Maggie's hair started falling out, her 16-year-old brother, Newt, started growing his hair out in case she needed a wig. Once it got to a certain point, though, the school told him to cut it or face the consequences. Locks of Love, the organization Newt wants to donate to, requires at least 8-inches of hair, but Poth ISD says that boy's hair “shall not extended beyond the ear opening on the sides nor beyond the top of a dress shirt collar in the back… Hair may not extend over the top of the eyebrow, hang over the face and eyes or be distracting to others or self.”

Newt could have chosen in-school suspension or after-school detention, but instead, his mother pulled him out and he's home schooling.

Team Newt, all the way. The hair rule is arbitrary and archaic, and clearly the kid trying to do a nice thing for his sister is the one in the right.

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