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Student Suspended For Shaving Head in Support of Cancer Patient

•, Kit Daniels
 A Colorado girl who shaved her head to support a friend who went bald due to cancer treatment was suspended from school for violating the dress code.
Kamryn Renfro decided to shave her head to support her friend Delaney Clements who was undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 4 cancer, but school officials at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction barred her from returning to the public charter school until her hair grew back, according to the Daily Sentinel.

They later said she could return but under the stipulation that they would discuss the situation during a closed meeting today.

Officials planned the special meeting only after receiving massive pressure from outraged residents and others who heard the story through social media.
 In yesterday’s announcement of the meeting, school president Norton Breman stated that shaved heads were not allowed by the dress code policy, “which was created to promote safety, uniformity and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.”

She also added that exceptions to the policy may be made “under exigent and extraordinary circumstances,” which Renfro’s mother, Jamie Olson Renfro, asked for in the first place.

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