TORONTO – A 9-year-old girl was barred from a Colorado school for violating its dress code after she shaved her head in support of a friend who is battling cancer.
Kamryn Renfro decided to give herself a makeover in support her friend Delaney Clements, who recently lost her hair from chemotherapy treatments.
“I did it so she didn’t have to feel left out,” Renfro told Colorado’s NewsChannel5.
When Renfro returned to school Monday, she was told having a shaved head is in violation of the school’s dress code.
“I didn’t realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school,” Clements’ mom Wendy Campbell told NBC News9.
The NBC affiliate obtained a statement addressing the dress code policy.
“Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted,” said Catherine Norton Breman, president and chair of the school’s board of directors.
Clements said she was upset her supportive friend was turned away from school. “She was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did,” she said. “But now that she didn’t get to, she’s kind of sad.”
The school said exceptions can be made.
Renfro’s mother told 9NEWS late Monday night that Caprock Academy said her daughter could return to school Tuesday, and the school’s board of directors plan to meet to discuss the dress code policy.