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#1 Old 11-14-2009, 09:10 PM
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This was a story that is ding its rounds of the local newspapers:



http://www.watoday.com.au/national/b...1110-i6qj.html



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Emily Pridham shaved her head to support her leukaemia-stricken father and to raise money for leukaemia suffers. She turned up to her school the next day and was sent home for not abiding by the school dress code.



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What bothers me about this is not so much that she was sent home on one day, but she won't be allowed back until her hair regrows to some length deemed acceptable for people with vaginas.

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The school is going to be in a big, big PR mess. Should be interesting to see how they spin this.

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School administrators like zero-tolerance policies like that because it removes any obligation for them to think or make judgements. It also removes any hint of treating anyone differently. A better system is needed. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all type of world.
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if this was a mixed school and nobody was allowed to shave their head- male or female- as part of the dress code, there would probably be a damned sight less fuss.
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It's a screwed up country, but I hope the administrators get sued and get fired.
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Also the one of the things that annoys me was that it was a catholic school. To me this doesn't seem as though the administrators were setting a bad example to the students. This is how a complete nonacceptance of anyone remotely different to their ideal model is started from a young age.

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I know this is totally outrageous and ridiculous (after all apparently there was nothing about head shaving in the dress policy so they don't have a leg to stand on - I'd feel differently otherwise). BUT the good thing is all the publicity this is bringing to the disease, and I think that is a good thing.
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My brother was suspended (or threatened with suspension, not sure if it got that far) when he grew his hair too long. He was just lazy though. I'd have thought any decent human being would be able to an exception for this girl.
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Catholic school . . . .
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its probably no coincidence that this happened in queensland. they can sometimes be a bit old fashioned about some stuff in that state.
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I just took a squiz at their dress code.



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Hair must be tidy and appropriate to school uniform. Hair below collar length must be neatly tied back. Students with inappropriate hairstyles e.g colours not in the natural range, will be required to change them.



This seems a bit unfair cos it doesn't say anything about having hair that's too short.

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i reckon they could get away with that under "inappropriate hairstyle" if they wanted to be *******s about it. but its not worth the bad publicity really is it.
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Yeh - pretty dumb move.

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I have to ask... but does that mean they'd suspend a student who had cancer or something if they did not have hair?
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I have to ask... but does that mean they'd suspend a student who had cancer or something if they did not have hair?



They'd probably force the student to wear a wig, because at this school, having no hair is apparently offensive to look at. And probably a sin against God.

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I have no words... only an action... facepalm.
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It's a screwed up country, but I hope the administrators get sued and get fired.



How is Australia a screwed up country? I'd rather be in Australia than the US or UK.
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Is there a country in the world that isn't screwed up in some way? Humans are screwed up; It's pretty much the definition of homo sapien sapien.

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They'd probably force the student to wear a wig, because at this school, having no hair is apparently offensive to look at. And probably a sin against God.



Do you know, I think that was brought up when I was dying my hair constantly as a teenager. I wanted to shave my head and ended up asking 'well, what if someones gets cancer?'. What you say about making them wear a wig sounds really familiar but I don't think it could be true. Perhaps that they'd be expected to wear a headscarf?



Well anyway, we saw a lot of teachers at our school forced into marriage to keep their jobs if they got pregnant. That's the kind of school it was. Not sure how rushing into marriage because of imminent baby then getting divorced a couple of years later is setting a good example for the girls.



(it was generally a really good school, I have fond memories, it was just ran by a few irrationals)
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School administrators like zero-tolerance policies like that because it removes any obligation for them to think or make judgements. It also removes any hint of treating anyone differently. A better system is needed. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all type of world.







Zero tolerance sounds fine on paper, but is a mess in the real world.
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AAARGH.



School policies on what you look like always seem to be based on this preconception people have about teenagers, especially female ones, that everything we do to our bodies is designed to cheese off adults, and is reacted to accordingly.



Why do teachers have to make everything the students do about *them*? Even something as altruistic as shaving your head for charity? Jesus Harold Christ.
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What bothers me about this is not so much that she was sent home on one day, but she won't be allowed back until her hair regrows to some length deemed acceptable for people with vaginas.



totally and this is insanity....just nuts....like she isnt going through enough already.
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