I was horrified when I read this article on CNN this morning....
seeing as I've had way to much coffee in me and I haven't written a letter in ages, I've decided to write this principal and tell him what a horse's ass he is.Child's mohawk causes debate
AUBURN, California (AP) -- It used to be that schoolchildren might get their mouths washed out for using blue language. These days at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, they're more likely to have their hair washed out -- for sporting a blue mohawk.
Parents of a 6-year-old boy say they plan to consult an attorney after a school principal washed bright blue dye out of their son's punk-style haircut.
Levey Padocs Jr.'s father said he allowed his son to get the distinctive 'do more than a month ago for behaving better in class.
But parents of the boy's kindergarten classmates complained the haircut would spoil an upcoming class photo, so Principal Derek Cooper said he washed the boy's hair in the nurse's office after getting permission from the boy's mother.
The boy's father said neither he nor the mother approved the washing. They plan to discuss the situation with an attorney.
"Leave him alone. He's not a problem child. He's not hurting anyone," Levey Padocs Sr. said. "He's an individual, and that's how he's expressing his individuality."
If anyone else is interested in writing him here is the info:
Principal Derek Cooper
Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
16229 Duggans Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
while I'm at it, maybe I'll write Arnold too!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol Building - Sacramento, CA 95814
I haven't finished my letter yet, I want to add as much bite as possible and I am not so good with the keyboard (aka pen), so if anyone has any advice, don't hold back! so far my letter reads:
Mr. Cooper ,
I was horrified when I read the story "Child's mohawk causes debate" at http://us.cnn.com/2004/US/West/04/05....ap/index.html
That an elementary school principal would take it upon him/herself to change the appearance of a 6 year old to conform to societal norms. I think this is a slap in the face to America's First Amendment.
What is the California education system telling children about acceptance, understanding and diversity?