A Colorado girl who shaved her head to support a friend battling cancer was not allowed into class because her new hairstyle was a violation of the school's dress code policy.
The school, Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, refused to make an exception to the school’s policy for Kamryn Renfro’s shaved head earlier this week. Renfro cut her hair in support of 11-year-old Delaney Clements who is undergoing chemotherapy as part of her battle with neuroblastoma. "It felt like the right thing to do," Renfro told 9NEWS.
"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, the president and chair of Caprock Academy’s board of directors.
"I didn't realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school," said Clements’ mom, Wendy Campbell. "For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement and it builds character in a child."
The academy’s board of directors is meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation.
Clements is hoping that Renfro will be allowed to return to school.
"It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone," Clements said. "It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did, but now that she didn't get to, she's kind of sad."