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Subject:Pink-haired Missouri girls suspended from school
Time:01:40 pm
Compliments of fich, Pink hair gets girl suspended. As both a pink-haired girl and a former Missourian whose father died when she was about six, this one is right up my alley.

Mountain Grove is a rural town in southern Missouri, about 60 miles from Springfield. The 4500-person population is 97% white, and the median income is about half of the statewide average. I haven't found a religious breakdown, but I know without looking that its highly skewed toward evangelicals.

It wasn't the girl who caused a disruption-- all she did was quietly attend school, while looking different from the mainstream. It was the other students who caused the problem. In a monochromatic, narrow-minded, whitebread community they were unable to accept someone who didn't think and act the way they did. Rather than dealing with the real troublemakers, the school took the easy route and went after the person who dared to be different.

In an educated, enlightened area, the school would have seen this for the opportunity that it is. They could have given the students a lesson in diversity and acceptance of individual differences. It's easy to imagine the lectures about each person making their own choices, and while you may not agree with them you should respect their right to choose. This is backwards, rural Missouri, though, so that isn't likely to happen.

I'm half-tempted to hop on a plane and drop in on the town. (Edit: I just checked flights. I don't think I'm willing to drop a grand just for this, amusing as it might be.)
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stevecohen
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Time:2008-08-22 09:18 pm (UTC)
And offer free hair-dying in a wide pallet of colors.
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timprov
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Time:2008-08-22 09:21 pm (UTC)
In an educated, enlightened area, the school would have seen this for the opportunity that it is.

I wish I believed that.
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adbjupe
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Time:2008-08-22 10:10 pm (UTC)
How about shaving her head, if she can't yet change colors
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laren
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Time:2008-08-22 11:13 pm (UTC)
This article smells fishy.

I agree that sometimes school policies can be vague about what is considered "distracting" (the reason being so that they can have more power), but I went to school in the midwest as well, and all the middle schools I knew had a pretty strict policy about unnatural hair colors which wasn't lifted until high school.

"Pink could be a shade of red, so can redheads not go to school?" is the WORST argument ever. Pink is not a naturally occurring hair color. x_x

There is absolutely nothing in the video or article to indicate that other students caused a problem. She was told by the administration at the end of the previous school year "this is not allowed", and came back the following year with EVEN MORE COLOR. Clearly, the problem lies with the individual and I support the administration's decision.

Primary school is the place to learn your standardized bullshit, not express your individuality, sorry.
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hgfalling
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Time:2008-08-23 03:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, Tinker says otherwise.
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bittercrackbaby
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Time:2008-08-22 11:31 pm (UTC)
Ah schools. How they have changed over the years.

- You set a dry ice bomb off back then and you got detention.
- You set a dry ice bomb off now and you get charged with terrorism and conspiracy as adults.
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tigerknight
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Time:2008-08-22 11:52 pm (UTC)
You'd probably make a bit of news as another pink haired person with a personal tie to the region going back in there to show support and give the administrators a chewing out - would that be worth a grand? *chuckle* I've seen you go whimsical about losing far more than that in a poker hand.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-22 11:54 pm (UTC)
And some reporter would Google me, and I'd wind up doing more harm than good.
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tigerknight
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Time:2008-08-23 12:00 am (UTC)
In an ideal world your private/personal life would be yours to keep and your more business/public life as a high tech and very highly paid professional would have to be worth something.

But this isn't an ideal world as you've already pointed out and I do agree that for all the close minded sensationalist drivel reporters of the area you'd probably be a field day. Oh well...
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