When 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro decided to shave her head to support her cancer-stricken friend, she wasn’t concerned about what other people would think, least of which her charter school.
“Since Delaney is my best friend, I decided to shave my hair because I didn’t want her to be the only one,” Kamryn told ABC News. “I couldn’t go to school because of my shaved head. I wanted to share my story but they didn’t let me.”
In a statement from the President and Chair of Caprock Academy Board of Directors, Catherine Norton Breman said the dress code was created “to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted.”
Kamryn’s mother, Jamie Renfro, was surprised by her daughter’s selfless act and was shocked to learn that due to her school’s dress code, Kamryn wouldn’t be allowed to attend classes until she either grew out her hair or wore a wig.
“We do sign that we understand and agree to the rules every year…but honestly, I never thought my 9-year-old daughter would do something so courageous, brave and selfless,” Jamie wrote on Facebook.
“I have to wake a little girl up tomorrow,” she said in another post, “who was excited to go to school and talk to her peers about what she had done and why, and I get to try to explain why she can’t do that without making her lose her spirit or feel like she is being punished for something so amazing. I will be writing the board, and trying to get an exception to the handbook, or some sort of resolution to get Kamryn back in school.”
While Kamryn had to stay home from school on Monday, the school let her return on Tuesday as they reviewed the situation.
After appealing to the Caprock Academy school board, the school apologized to Kamryn and released a statement saying, “compassion and selfless acts of courage are to be commended and encouraged.”
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