[Hpn] Ohio school suspends boy over Mohawk

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 06:18:42 -0500


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Ohio school suspends boy over Mohawk=20
Wed Feb 27, 2008=20

PARMA, Ohio - A kindergarten student with a freshly spiked Mohawk has =
been suspended from school. Michelle Barile, the mother of 6-year-old =
Bryan Ruda, said nothing in the Parma Community School handbook =
prohibits the haircut, characterized by closely shaved sides with a =
strip of prominent hair on top. The school said the hair was a =
distraction for other students.=20


"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But =
this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can =
cut his hair."

An administrator at the suburban Cleveland charter school first warned =
Barile last fall that the haircut wasn't acceptable. The school later =
sent another warning to her reiterating the ban.

Mohawks violate the school's policy on being properly groomed, school =
Principal Linda Geyer said. Also, the school district's dress code =
allows school officials to forbid anything that interferes with the =
conduct of education.

Ruda's hair became a disruption last week when Ruda arrived freshly =
shorn, Geyer said. Administrators called Barile on Friday telling her to =
pick Ruda up from school.

"This was his third infraction," Geyer said Tuesday. "We felt that we =
were being extremely patient."

Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said =
she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an =
option, she said.

"It's something that he really likes," Barile said. "When people hear =
Mohawk, they think it's long, it's spiked, it's crazy looking, and it's =
really not."








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