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What to do about high-spiked hair?

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September

bilde.jpegA 17-year-old senior at Deland High was after the world record for tallest Liberty Spike Mohawk. His stood at 3.6 feet.

Principal Mitch Moyer sent Asher Stonesifer home with a referral. His offense? Extreme, disturbing appearance — specifically his hair — which he considered a violation of school district policy.

"I focused on the word extreme," Moyer told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, which also reported that the principal talked with the boy and his mom about a possible compromise if the teen cuts off about 5 inches.

Mom Rae Stonesifer told the News-Journal she supported her son's hairstyle choice, after checking the school dress code. "I thought, 'What harm does it do?' " she said. "It's only hair; it doesn't affect his grades."

But does it affect others' grades, because students might distractedly jabber about hair rather than calculus? Or at some point do teens just get used to their peers' appearances and just go about their business? Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:41am]

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