Texas boy being forced to cut his hair.

Submitted by: _kiersten_ 7 years ago in

A boy is forced to cut his hair, or risk expulsion. Right or Wrong I-A-B?
There are 171 comments:
Male 8
Faith in humanity, -2000 points

Ditto."

So, what, we`re at about -100,000 now?

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Female 1,593
...How is long hair going to distract a 4 year old in school? So he`s in kindergarten, right? He`s going to get distracted from coloring?
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Female 26
MrBob his hair isn`t in his eyes, if it were I`m sure he`d complain. No school should force children or teens to cut their hair in manners which don`t make them comfortable. When I was back in high school our Headmistress used to come everyday and threaten me with scissors because my fringe was "too long" when it actually wasn`t.

Making people cut their hair against their will is in my opinion a violation of human rights.

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Male 1,140
"Faith in humanity, -2000 points"

Ditto.

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Female 519
Okay, long hair is supposed to distract him? Are they saying all the girls have boy style hair cuts? Or is this school just being sex-ist?
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Male 244
Know what a real is, one that actually impairs the child`s learning?

Removing this child from the classroom over something as trivial as a hair style. Some rules simply aren`t worth enforcing, this is one of them.

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Female 519
I don`t really see a problem but its different in America. In England we have school uniforms and in some schools there is a strict dress code i.e no short skirts, no funky hairstyles etc but this is only because school (as you all probably know) is a bitch.. and as such the more similar everyone looks the less chance of one child being singled out for being different.. Basically that kid would probably get the crap kicked out of him for having long hair back in the day.. then again with the emo craze long hair is back in.. hmmm
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Male 45
elletheduck-"Anyone notice the hair is in this kid`s eyes? THAT is a problem to learning. He can`t see, he can`t learn, so I can see the issue. His hair is right in style with all the emo kids my sister dates, so whatever.
My son can`t have long hair. This is where it`s my kid and I can make him do what I want, or turn Jackass on him and buzz spots into his head until its cut. I have the corner in my family for free spirited individual and he can`t go there. To me my kid is the end of it, but I reserve the right to not give a poo and call your son with long hair a girl because I`m not paying attention."


I understand that you want to control your son but it is not a distraction. im a dude with long hair (about the same proportionally as the kid in in the video) and it is not at all distracting.

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Female 13
@alchemist18

Why? Because as the parent I establish rules, one of which is he has to have short hair?

His hair right now is his choice. The rules are I have to see eyes, collars and ears. He chooses to ignore the rules, there`s a consequence to it, much like life.

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Female 126
Wow, wtf. What`s wrong with having long hair? I`m pretty sure he isn`t like playing with it during class or something, I don`t see why he can`t have long hair when it`s not harming anybody o.O
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Female 169
loxen i never said anything about tatoos and such. if u are clean cut so be it but no one should attack u or suspend your child for being so.
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Female 169
loxen that is in no way a distraction and there is nothing wrong with raising a child challenge society for its attack on the individual...unless ur herding sheep.
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Male 130
thats retarded, and sexist. I hope texas dies
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Female 66
Okay, I`ll bite. If his hair is distracting why wouldn`t a little girls long hair be distracting? Isn`t this a great example of the double standards we used to take for granted. If it is clean, and it doesn`t get in anyones way. I would tell the school to gth. Get a lawyer people, if his hair makes him happy than it is his right to wear it as long as he likes.
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Female 356
@elletheduck thats horrible. Just drating horrible.
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Female 356
I don`t where to beggin with my complaints. That teacher is an non-nice individual.
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Female 449
Pardon me if I`m a little confused about this lil state called Texas. I saw in the newspaper that they elected a GAY mayor. Yet, in my personal opinion, Texas is the most narrow-minded, religiously-brainwashed, unaccepting people in North America... Dont believe me, just watch this video again and again...
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Female 63
Typical Texas.
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Female 5,222
effing, i could rant for hours.. find a new school >.<
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Male 95
Yeah, go Texas. I completely agree; plus, that kid totally looks like a fruit cake with his hair like that. And something tells me that his parents are more involved with this "silent" rebellion more than is indicated in the video. You can just tell by the fact taht they are low lives.
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Male 1,190
Loxen, I truly feel sorry for you, you seek safety and security in the blanket of rules, you just need to remember that the blankets given to you by authority are laced with smallpox...
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Male 5
Fock Texas Fock Texas Fock Texas Fock Texas. I almost got crucified last time i went, the only male with mid-back length hair that I saw. Better to just stay out.
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Male 193
this is mental! my secondary school had a rule like this but never enforced it - can`t believe they`re doing that to a little kid.

and it`s nout to do with it bein in texas, i live in the north of england and no of schools with similar rules. Texans aren`t inherently more daft than anyone else, conservatives are.

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Male 4,680
And here`s me thinking that my school`s "no bald heads" policy was stupid...
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Male 237
I think we should stop all the bigotry towards Texas and Texans. As of June 2008 the population is 24,326,974 and I promise you we`re not all a like.

Remember, Austin is one of the least conservative cities in the country.

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Male 116
What the drat is this bullcrap? Our policy is conservative, but it IS the policy. Great. That`s like saying: "We don`t like Hitler, but you know, the law says we should turn in all the Jews, so...".
I`m a dude with longer hair than most females, thank god that people aren`t as ridiculously stupid here, as they are in Texas.
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Male 421
his hair is clean and not some ridiculous cut or length (did you notice in the diagram they allow mullets?) honestly, I`d say his haircut looks a lot better than the ones that are typically considered "dress code".

like at my old high school, a faux hawk was considered fine, but heaven forbid I actually get a nice haircut (that isn`t a focking bowl cut) that manages to cover my eyebrows.

schools need to come to the realization that some people look bad (and thus more distracting) with short haircuts, and the vast majority of the time are going to turn kids to spiking their hair like some stupid guidos.

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Female 13
Anyone notice the hair is in this kid`s eyes? THAT is a problem to learning. He can`t see, he can`t learn, so I can see the issue. His hair is right in style with all the emo kids my sister dates, so whatever.

My son can`t have long hair. This is where it`s my kid and I can make him do what I want, or turn Jackass on him and buzz spots into his head until its cut. I have the corner in my family for free spirited individual and he can`t go there. To me my kid is the end of it, but I reserve the right to not give a poo and call your son with long hair a girl because I`m not paying attention.

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Male 1,071
Where is this, Russia!? Oh wait, Texas, same difference.
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Female 1,386
"LOXEN u r probably are saying that becuz u are a conformist that resents any1 standing up for their right to be an individual. u probably hate urself for being the sheep that u are."
In my experience of the upcoming self entitled generations, being the "special snowflake, that everyone must bend rules for" IS the norm, and actually wanting to comply with standards, is the odd thing to do. So the question is, who is the sheep? The clean cut person, or the "unique" clones with their "unique" cloned punky hair that they all have, and the tattoos... that they all have.... and so on and so on... its a paradox of sorts. So many unique people, all acting so unique, just like everyone else who is just like them.
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Male 91
Laura Jobe needs to go get fu(ked and get rid of he dyke-like haircut or she should be drilled in the face with a hot curling iron. 4 year olds dont get distracted by drating haircuts
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Male 1,151
Get a haircut hippy. Your father is an idiot
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Male 606
How is hair a classroom distraction, unless its 4 feet tall and rainbow colored?

Well, its Texas, they`re not exactly liberal.

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Female 92
intelligence in general is limited on imb. Don`t bother.
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Male 16
Wait...an intelligent conversation on IAB...I think you came here for the wrong reasons.

Anyways, we have rules like this at my high school, but you know what? No one is stupid enough to let their hair keep them from their education. Maybe it`s because it`s a high school though...

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Male 118
Hey Bophus: "So by your thinking, all the girls should cut their hair short as well. Because obviously hair gives you some kind of learning impediment. The hair has nothing to do with learning. It is an over zealous school system that thinks they know everything, when in fact, they are just elementary school teachers."

I`ll try to make it simple for you, if it helps. The point of the rule is to have students follow social norms. Lots of schools do it. I imagine in this case the school wants the boys to look like boys, and the girls to look like girls. Usually it`s a rules like "no boys wearing dresses".

Teachers aren`t the sole creators of the rules. It can come from the principals, the superintendents, or even the school board. Many of these people have spent years studying and researching methods that will best suit the education of large groups of children.

I don`t agree with the rule, but I`d cut my kids hair for an education.

BTW, call me an id

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Male 720
Of course the principal is a dike...
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Male 2,796
WTF IAB??!! I have presented two very logical arguments (in my opinion) as to why I agree with the school and despite the fact that most people here are decrying the policy, nobody has challenged me once. Quite frankly I am a bit let down. I am looking for an intelligent conversation here so if you have some logic that may counter mine here, I would love to know it. I am not above learning... and the mods know I am not above a good flame war.

What say you? The gauntlet has been thrown down.

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Female 1,077
damn, our school system sucks. if the kid is learning well and doing what he`s supposed to in class, who cares what he looks like? i know a girl with bright pink hair with a 4.0 GPA.
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Male 1,550
F*ck fascism.
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Male 1,584
I believe this could be considered sexual discrimination. To bad they never taught those Texan parents what it was when they when to school. Otherwise, they could sue the school district for it.
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Female 231
that lady from the school needs to fix her ugly ass haircut. She`s just jealous of his shiny, healthy locks.
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Male 670
Pfft. My hair was much longer than that when I was that age.
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Male 388
what a retarded rule
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Male 897
Ahhh, Texas public schools; teaching conformity and intolerance to the future leaders of our country.

This makes me sick. How about you just let kids be kids and stop trying to mind-fu*k them so early in life?

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Female 232
I`ve lived in Texas all my life.. not even the private school I went to for 1 year in high school was like that and they were strict. What`s the rugrat going to do? Strangle someone with braided strands? Yeah, I`m scared now.
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Female 960
"Its to minimize distractions".

lol riiiight.

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Male 194
I moved to texas about 3 1/2 years now...and i didnt know that the schools here are like that, at least all the ones i knew about, but thats nothing compared to the schools i went to in Louisiana, along with the hair thing, we had to were uniforms not only had to have the shirt tucked in, only 2 colors white or blue, and the pants had to be kacki and not only kacki, but a CERTAIN SHADE of kacki...or u would be expelled, you also had to have ur ID on and around ur neck, anywhere esle, you would be in trouble at least this little boy could wear normal clothes
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Female 353
jesus had long hair :D ( not religious... but most of America seems to be)
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Male 82
emotionally damaged? seriously? lol...

because i would be scared for life if someone asked me to cut my hair

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Male 2,796
I just don`t think everyone has the proper reasons to be calling people "conformists" or "sheep" just because they agree with this one rule. Look, it isn`t the rule that I agree with necessarily, it`s a principal I agree with. The principal is that (that) particular school by law had to give out literature explaining all of said schools rules and regulations long before the school year started. It is a rule that for whatever reason has worked for them for however long. It is their perogative to implement and adhere to it and the parents were given every opportunity to adapt to it. For all intense and purposes they ignored it or were too lazy to read the literature... which my money is on the latter. We already have a poor public school rating, perhaps a contributing factor is that some schools allow people to "express" themselves when they should be more concerned with learning. These parents should also be more concerned with learning. --my opinion.
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Female 236
He is so cute! I just hope he isn`t emotionally damaged by the school.
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Male 107
meh, i have long hair too. go 4 year old! woo!!!
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Female 169
LOXEN u r probably are saying that becuz u are a conformist that resents any1 standing up for their right to be an individual. u probably hate urself for being the sheep that u are.
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Female 1,386
Great example for your 4 year old Mom and dad... Awesome little rebel stickin it to "the man" you got growing there, I`m positive he will grow up to be a very valuable contribution to society and won`t have problems whatsoever.
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Female 327
I think his hair makes him look so cute!
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Female 5
Mesquite ISD is one of the most strict in Texas. It`s run by idiots more concerned with everyones appearance than with education. Schools should not be run like the military.
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Male 172
In israel.. I was forced to cut my hair and nobody cared about me.. BASTARDS!
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Male 89
As a man with hair halfway down his back this infuriates me. To me and my father its a symbol of our Scottish heritage and I hate to see this kind of tyranny of the majority. For a nation that preaches cultural diversity this is ridiculous.
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Female 3,598
he`s FOUR! FOR dratS SAKE.
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Male 432
My hair is longer. If this were a private school, it wouldn`t be so bad, but if this is a PUBLIC school, the district can go drat itself.
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Male 569
what?! thats not even that long!
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Male 454
WTF is wrong with Texas??!! With all the crap going on in the world RIGHT NOW, is this really necessary? Simply infuriating. Screw Texas. They should become their own sovereign nation and completely seceed from the union. Good friggin riddance.
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Female 83
Stupid and wrong.
Not sure I should even honor it with a proper argument but whatever.

It is just 100% baseless. If the reason is to stop bullying based on appearance? Then you should start the order on those emotion nullifying drugs from equilibrium and make everyone wear featureless masks and dress in prison clothes with shaved head and bar code.

We`ve been over this I think, the only way to stamp out negative humanity is to stamp out humanity as a whole.

I see no other reason for it so that`s the only argument I have in place.

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Female 665
1:08 - 1:11

That kid is the poo!

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Male 440
That bitch looks like she get her hair cut in Fragle Rock who the hell is she to comment?


LOLZ strickt you win, i cant top that

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Male 275
This wrong...
Faith in humanity, -2000 points
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Male 3,482
I could understand if it was something that actually got in the way, like hair that drags behind him or something.

But as it is, it`s not distracting anyone but the pricks who are so convinced that everyone has to conform.

BTW, was anyone else moderately reminded of the guy from Clockwork Orange just by his face at the end of the video?

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Male 73
That bitch looks like she get her hair cut in Fragle Rock who the hell is she to comment?
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Male 44
is this the same four year old that gets drunk in that other post? This kid is awesome!!
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Male 148
they should ask if all the girls who have long hair act as a distraction
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Male 5
That`s...amazing. Really, WTF. "Minimize distraction in the classroom." Seriously? That hair is perfectly fine.
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Female 236
segregated?!?!

isn`t that... illegal?

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Female 778
drating wrong. it`s hair, who cares how long it is, how it`s styled or what color it`s dyed?

anyone else want to punch the smug bitch speaking for the school? that god awful haircut she had distracted me.

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Male 65
Freedom of Expression!!!
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Female 2,927
wtf? ... imean... FOR GODS SAKE SO HE HAS LONG HAIR! WHATS THE BIG DEAL?!!
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Female 2,509
soooo, if I follow the logic of the girls vs. boys and long hair...

boys should have to wear a bra since girls have to? `course, I guess some should with manboobs and all.

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Male 337
so are girls required to have hair below the shoulders etc? wouldn`t that be distracting if they had short hair?
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Male 7,813
yeah zachnasty, the girls hairs styles were long, and the boys hair styles are short. why is it distracting for a boy to have long hair and not a girl. its people like you who would defend this that i was talking about.
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Male 3,842
Do girls with long hair have to cut their hair at that school, too? If so, then it is fine.
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Male 5,314
segragated from the rest of the kids, getting kinda risky there.
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Male 600
The other day, I had a friend come onto my campus with half of his head shaved completely off while the other half sported a mullet. We had our laughs and giggles for the first few minutes, then it was all over.

Point? It could be a lot worse and still only have a small amount of disruption.

Let the child`s hair be free!

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Male 2,796
I agree with the school system. Sure I think it`s a petty rule, but it`s their rule, the parents were given every opportunity to learn and know all of said rules before enrolling their child. They were given all opportunities to be proactive before the school season started. They also have the option of finding a school that does not have that rule or to move.

It is a public school and they should set forth and stick to the policies that they implement and good for them for doing just that. They are simply not there to help children feel great about their appearence. (Although parents can be there for that.) They are there to promote scholastic achievement.

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Male 174
"I can understand a rule like this for private schools, but for public schools that`s pretty stupid."

Agreed. They`re violating that child`s constitutional right of freedom of expression. Those parents should sue the crap out of that school, prevent it from happening again and make some bank for doing a good deed.

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Female 15,763
This whole punishment is waaaaay more distracting than his hair is at all. Maybe they could take it on a case by case basis. Even then I still don`t see what kind of hair could cause a significant distraction to the classroom activities.
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Male 5,194
Goddamn control freaks and their fascist, arbitrary load of mindless rules. It`s important to pry control freaks out of their positions of power, they only ever f things up.
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Female 78
wow. i hate people
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Male 94
Who else is with me to start an uprising against Floyd Elementary?
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Female 3,574
Solution: Go to a different school.
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Male 670
that happened to me in high school regarding the basketball team. my parents threatened to sue the entire school district and fire the coach. guess what, i didnt cut my hair.
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Female 4,039
The distraction argument is ridiculous. Assuming all this kid`s clasmates are also four years old, what wouldn`t distract them?
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Male 490
I can understand a rule like this for private schools, but for public schools that`s pretty stupid.
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Male 1,190
People who accept rules like this are the same people who get programmed successfully by society.
They goto school, do as they are told, goto college, get a degree and possibly a spouse, get a job (several in a career these days), retire 40 years later realizing that they have done NOTHING unique or creative, and then it is too late.
It starts with little things like enforced dress codes. But this programming is everywhere, church, work, etc are in a silent conspiracy to make you ordinary, you are a unique person, refuse to conform. It is your life, live it!
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Male 271
Anyone who thinks restricting peoples hair is a nazi. Keep your laws off my body.
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Male 390
subsushi

if you watch the video, its the kids decision, the parents are just supporting it. and just because someone has a different view does bot make them "white trash" thats a rather ignorant statement.

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Male 390
"They had a picture of acceptable hair styles for both genders."

drat that, your hair should not be a matter the the school to decide on, especially a PUBLIC school. not to mention the kid is FOUR, let him have the hair he wants!!!

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Male 2,591
i`ve heard the "distraction in class" excuse all my life. they`ve always pulled that BS.

Ms. Choksondik, that boy`s hair is too long, and I can`t seem to learn in this kind of environment!

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Male 40,326
That is just sooooo wrong! Cute kid too :)
A simple rule like `hair must be clean and not offensive or distracting` would be fine, yes? Some school officials got waaaay big authority complexes.
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Male 1,646
um. you people are dumb to get so offended by this. every school i have attended until i graduated high school has had hair length restrictions on boys. its just how it is. i could tell from the first second of this video that these people are just white trash and dont want to follow the rules... and the parents are putting this child through the suffering he`s going through just so they can satisfy there need to rebel.
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Female 20
First Texans are not stupid the school rules in this case are stupid. It is sad to see a child go through this over out-dated rules.
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Male 83
Friday, December 18, 2009 9:17:32 AM
rediculous, if this is the case than every girl in that class with long hair is a distraction. i hate people.

They had a picture of acceptable hair styles for both genders.

I`m sure people hate you too

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Male 524
my school has a uniform and strict dress code on the few days that we are allowed to wear whatever we want. and yet a friend of mine regularly comes in with hair that goes halfway down his back. our school has no dress code for hair. lol.
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Male 10,440
I know a lot of you are reacting to this video... I mean... its not fair in the slightest. But rest assured, I have a perfectly logical explanation: Texans are stupid.
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Male 54
Rules are rules..fair enough. Y`know, it wasn`t that long ago in the grand scheme of things that girls were required to wear dresses to public schools, or anywhere for that matter. Jeans on a girl were a big nono.

That rule has been changed (save for schools that have actual uniforms, and even some of those there is an option for the girl to wear slacks instead). I think it`s time for this one to change as well.

Granted, being a guy with waist long hair, i take a bit more of an issue with this than some others would.

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Male 1,678
maybe the little boys a bully who is using his brute strength (which is held in his hair) to terrorise other children ... any of u ever think of that? ... EH!?
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Male 4,745
Wow!

I`ve had long hair my whole life. It was harder to have long hair, years ago, but I`m glad to see some places are still upholding the ignorance and stupidity that reminds me why I`m glad I live here.

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Female 838
Pure B*LLSH*T! His hair is not offensive and the only thing making it a distraction is the attention that the authorities of the school are giving it
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Male 133
"I don`t agree with the standard rule that applies to everyone. If their goal is to eliminate distractions then they should ask the question "is this really a distraction?" If the answer is no then let him keep the hair. If they can show that it is a distraction, then you sit down with the parents and explain to them how it is a distraction."

Fair enough, I`ll agree with that completely.

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Male 237
whoa whoa whoa...everyone is saying this rule is conservatism? Wasn`t it just a few days ago that people were trying to prove that educators were all liberals?

I don`t agree with the standard rule that applies to everyone. If their goal is to eliminate distractions then they should ask the question "is this really a distraction?" If the answer is no then let him keep the hair. If they can show that it is a distraction, then you sit down with the parents and explain to them how it is a distraction.

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Female 168
Maybe I`m behind the times, but isn`t this a public school based on what they said? If it`s a public school, how can they segregate a child in this manner? There are methods in place for the psychological welfare of children. This can cause him to lose self esteem, feel ostracized, endure peers attacking him or making fun of him, and overall humiliates him in front of them. I`m not saying there shouldn`t be limits, but by segregating him to "protect" the other children, it associates him with negativity and wrong doing. Good job, school!
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Male 3,369
avalon
Male, 18-29, Southern US
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[ Delete Post ] Friday, December 18, 2009 8:34:13 AM
A rule is still a rule even as ignorant or pointless it is. Same goes for a law, if you are driving on a road that has a speed limit of 35, but you just feel like it should be 50, what happens? You get a ticket. Same with this, he feels like they should be able to have long hair, the school doesn`t, he did it anyway...repercussion, he gets expelled.
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If a law or rule is stupid it needs to be challenged and changed.

You can be a slave to the system all you want, and admittedly some rules and laws are right and just, but at least recognise and understand that some things are worth standing up for!

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Male 5,189
Gotta agree with cobra.
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Male 7,813
rediculous, if this is the case than every girl in that class with long hair is a distraction. i hate people.
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Male 3,255
"A rule is still a rule even as ignorant or pointless it is."

If everyone just sat back and said "pfft sorry! a rule is a rule!" Then we would still have slavery.

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Female 428
Hair rules always strike me as being stupid. As long as someone hasn`t got a swastika or something shaved into the side of their head, why should they care? They should be getting kids used to people who look different. Anyway, who is honestly distracted by someone`s hair for more than a few seconds?
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Male 587
patridiot the school know how to best teach chirldren did I read that right?? I mean comeon when has this country had a Decent school system? Seems to me the school is more worried about what people look like then they are about our kids education. Just another way to take control from people and how they raise their kids.
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Male 587
Trying to take our children`s Identity before they can stick up for themselves. Glad this kids parents aren`t a bunch of tools like the people running that state/school district.
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Female 1,564
thats ridiculous! the world is growing crappier every day...
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Female 1,566
This isn`t new or news... schools have dress codes.
Hair is included in the dress code. Thousands of
schools do the same thing.
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Female 460
Dude, his hair isn`t even that long.

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Male 3,014
Do you know who else followed rules without stopping to consider whether they were justified? The Nazis.
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Female 169
that kid has got some nice hair too...
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Male 133
"A rule is still a rule even as ignorant or pointless it is."

Every time a kid sneezes in class, he gets hit with a ruler for disrupting everyone else`s learning process. Would you fight that if it was a rule? Come on, it`s in the book, you have no argument.Your kind of mentality is the kind of mentality that ALLOWS these types of rules to be reinforced, because you have that blasé attitude about it. If it`s a stupid, pointless rule don`t let them get away with it, or they`ll reinforce more on you! The whole kicker is this isn`t even a rebellion thing, the parents would cut his hair if the boy wanted it cut, but he likes it like that, and personally I think it fits him. They`re letting him express himself, and the school wants none of it.

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Male 187
A rule is still a rule even as ignorant or pointless it is. Same goes for a law, if you are driving on a road that has a speed limit of 35, but you just feel like it should be 50, what happens? You get a ticket. Same with this, he feels like they should be able to have long hair, the school doesn`t, he did it anyway...repercussion, he gets expelled.
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Male 25,417
2 much control around here!
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Male 749
My school is the opposite way around - boys can grow their hair as long as they want but cannot have shorter hair than #3. I think that there shouldn`t be rules on hair length.

`Minimise distractions`? What she`s saying that long hair on boys is distracting but it`s fine on girls. Allow anyone to have their hair whatever length that they want! I can understand that extreme hair can be distracting but that kid`s hair isn`t distracting.

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Male 497
slicks his hair back or grows it long enough to put it in a ponytail in school, they will still have the same opinion. it is this right wing school system that will drive this child to rebel, not the parents.

got vut off, sorry


the last part of your name is right though...idiot.

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Male 497
"Read about this in an article. The father states "[the school] cares more about his hair than his education." Seems the father has it reversed. If the parents cared about the education, they`d cut the hair.

I respectfully disagree with the parents. Believe it or not, the schools generally know more about what is the best way to educate children. The parents don`t have to agree with the rule, but they should respect the rule. There is a difference between "questioning authority" and "disrespecting authority". They are disrespecting it. Better start teaching the boy prison etiquette, because that is going to be his future."

So by your thinking, all the girls should cut their hair short as well. Because obviously hair gives you some kind of learning impediment. The hair has nothing to do with learning. It is an over zealous school system that thinks they know everything, when in fact, they are just elementary school teachers.

If this child

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Male 133
I`d agree with the school...if it were a private school...or a military academy. I don`t think a public school has any business at all telling you how to wear your hair, regardless of said rule being in a rule book. When you`re little they`re supposed to fill you with hopes and dreams, tell you that you can be anything you want to be. Except a person with long hair. Absolutely not. Astronaut, maybe. Boy with long hair, out of the question. And for those of you that agree with the school, saying they know what`s best? They said he could continue to attend, but would be segregated. Remember how African Americans were once segregated in schools? I hate to compare racism to hair style, all I`m saying is just because it`s in the books doesn`t make it right, and schools DON`T always know what`s best.
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Male 320
At my school we have to have short hair because otherwise people outside of school will think we are chavs and get scared...
Thats what I get for living in a town full of old people :(
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Male 228
Personally I think this is retarded but seems to be accepted practice. If it disrupts the learning of others or is a health issue then I see the point, but not if it is some stupid conformity rule. This goes the same for the "no hats" rule. My high school had that rule. I went back to talk to one of the teachers a few years after graduating and I was approached by another teacher that instructed me to take off my hat. I refused and she went so far as to try to physically take my hat away from me. I promptly went to the principals office to complain and was asked to leave school property, over a hat!
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Female 110
It`s a dumb rule, but the parents would have received a copy of the student guidelines at the beginning of the year. Therefore, they knew the rule was in place. They chose to not abide by that rule, and accordingly, will have a child who disrespects authority as an adult. Good job on the parenting skills guys.
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Male 3,369
Any of you that agree with the school....just so you know, they make girls in Afghanistan wear burquas. In Saudi Arabia, women can`t drive. Those are rules...conservative rules. Conservatism is a disease.
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Male 118
Read about this in an article. The father states "[the school] cares more about his hair than his education." Seems the father has it reversed. If the parents cared about the education, they`d cut the hair.

I respectfully disagree with the parents. Believe it or not, the schools generally know more about what is the best way to educate children. The parents don`t have to agree with the rule, but they should respect the rule. There is a difference between "questioning authority" and "disrespecting authority". They are disrespecting it. Better start teaching the boy prison ettiquite, because that is going to be his future.

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Male 187
I disagree with their rule, but a rule is still a rule.
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Female 4
You have got to be f`king kidding. Surely the school has more important things to worry about than the length of a boys hair?! Bloody rednecks. I wonder if he had a mullet there would be the same problem?
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Male 38
Of course, if dad is Jax from Sons of Anarchy, what do you expect. In fact, this whole clip looked like it could be a parody trailer from about Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy if the show were on network TV.

And if the school district is really that uptight about hair, you`d think they`d have some guidelines on faculty and staff having stupid hair like the woman halfway through the clip.

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Male 17,512
It`s just frigging hair, Geesh.

Back in the seventies, When I was that young, It was the fashion for boys to have long hair. No one pitched a fit about it. I had short hair cuts and wanted longer hair to fit in.

People here know I`m no hippie liberal and even I think this school is being ridiculous.

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Female 47
1. it`s texas. it doesn`t surprise me.
2. the lady`s hair was above the earlobe and neckline...
does that mean she`s going to have to be expelled cuz she`s doing a "male" hair cut?? god,
i drating HATE texas.
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Male 801
F*cking Nazis, as a guy who has long hair himself I completely agree with where this kids father stands.
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Male 298
Nazis, and if you agree with that rule you`re a nazi too... end of.....
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Female 590
"the rules may be petty to you but they are the rules, young children need to learn that in life there are rules that need to be followed."

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So young children should be taught to never question authority, even when the rules have no reasonable purpose? By threatening to withdraw the student, the system itself is creating a bigger disturbance than long hair in a classroom ever would.

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Male 76
I see nothing wrong with following these rules.
These people are just lower-class trash.
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Male 174
"So, you enroll you child in a school that clearly has rules that apply to everyone except your precious and oh so special child."

I wish that were true! Since it appears to be a public school, the parents would likely have to move in order to change his school.

The principal said that the rule applies to everyone, but her hair was longer than his. Maybe she just meant it applies specifically to one gender. That`s the same thing, right?

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Female 134
WTH, his hair wasn`t even that long! And the school is making an even bigger scene that what the kids "long hair" actually would of caused.
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Male 714
school isn`t just about learning maths and science, it`s about learning to be part of society.

the rules may be petty to you but they are the rules, young children need to learn that in life there are rules that need to be followed.

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Female 209
Being from Texas, I`ll speak up. Not every school in Texas is like that, you have to look at where it`s from. Dallas area. And anyone from Texas knows Dallas is just an extension of Oklahoma. But we`ll keep Fort Worth.
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Male 612
its their school, they can have whatever dress code they deem appropriate. if the family wants to keep the boys hair long then send him to a different school. so many people on here just want to "fight the system" even whene its over such a trivial matter as a hair cut.
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Male 192
Oh snap, just realized it was Texas lol - Same place I was at in 7th grade!
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Male 192
When I was in 7th grade I started getting the shadow of what would one day be a mustache, and was barely noticeable! I didn`t want to shave it because I didn`t want to have to start shaving. But alas, my parents also got a letter...

They make the same choice these parents SHOULD have made. Cut the freaking hair and get your kid back in school! Stop acting so righteous and put your child first. I agree they shouldn`t have to do it at all, but that`s beside the main priority!

Oh, I have that skully he is wearing. They sold it at Hot Topic like 7 years ago... I haven`t seen a soul with it since. They should make him change his hat while they`re at it :P

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Male 734
With how massively screwed up our school system is right now, THIS is deemed a paramount issue? Jeez, we so need to get rid of the teachers unions!!!
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Male 1,435
drating Texas. where their motto is "Steer or queer." They should teach the kid the song "Hair" and have him enter the classroom belting it out.
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Female 331
Are these people kidding? Long hair is what they`re worried about???

"Mrs. Smith!!! Bobby says he`s going to bring a gun to school and shoot me!"
"Not NOW, Timmy! Mikey`s hair just hit his shoulders and I have my hands full at the moment!"

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Male 642
What the Fück? ....JESUS had long hair :)
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jesus didn`t go to school where they have rules they accepted when they put him into the school. they don`t like it? they go to a different school.. it`s not the democracy that has made the rule.. it`s the school. I bet your job has some rules too.. like when you work in a bank you have to cover your tattoos etc.

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Male 213
Rules about hair are ultimately arbitrary. There doesnt seem to be any basis for the cutoff length. They could have easily made the rule that everyone has to have long hair...And the punishment is way too harsh for the "crime".

So the rule is stupid, and the punishment is unecessarily harsh. However, it is still their rule and you should probably follow it, but protest it in some way

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Male 4,807
Hold him down against his will?? What a joke!! You`re the damn parents, show some responsiblity and get yor kid back into school!
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Male 8
So the worlds greatest "democracy" have rules about your hair? The same nation thats trying to "free" non-democratic countries. Holy...
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Male 248
Yup, that was there rule down here in GA but it was never enforced.
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Male 953
btw, as soon as you give up one of your rights, they will take away others.
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Male 953
What the Fück? ....JESUS had long hair :)
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Male 93
btw, no ffense about the typical american family thing
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Male 93
the headteacher is a dumbfack, the kid is just 4 and the parents are also dumbfacks cause they`re getting their kid in trouble for his stupid free will, typical american family
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Male 1,623
In modern use, the word "conservative" is close to being a synonym for ignorance.
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Female 196
I live in Texas and my school is EXACTLY like this when it comes to boys` hair.

The rule is: your hair cannot touch the back collar of your shirt or go below your eyebrows. Your hair may not be an unnatural color.

If your hair disobeys any of these rules, you are given seventy-two hours to get a haircut. If you don`t, it`s detention, then suspension and finally expulsion.

Honestly,I guess what I`m trying to say is that I`m not surprised by this.

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Female 245
OMG what a stupid rule! And the kid`s just 4 years old for crying out loud.
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Female 2,509
So, you enroll you child in a school that clearly has rules that apply to everyone except your precious and oh so special child.

"I`m not gonna hold my kid down against his will..."
Hey buddy, it`s called parenting. You teach you child there are limits and if you want to participate ya follow the rules or you go someplace else.

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Male 7,378
They need to sue the school district.
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Female 19
ok if they want to enforce this and boys need to have short hair then they should kick out all the girls that don`t have long hair. And while we`re at it, if a girl wears pants she should be kicked out too!
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Male 3,425
You stay classy Texas.
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Male 4,593
I think they should make the Dad cut his hair instead. Holy Hannah that`s a mess.
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Female 1,682
Link: Texas boy being forced to cut his hair. [Rate Link] - A boy is forced to cut his hair, or risk expulsion. Right or Wrong I-A-B?
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