A furious mom said a teacher gave her son an unwanted haircut and carried it out badly.
Amy Martin told NBC 4, her 16-year-old came home from school on Tuesday in tears after his Hico High School principal forced him to cut his hair because it violated the district’s code of conduct.
Lane Keisling, a high school junior from Texas, was told he needed a haircut and his parents tried three times but failed to take him to a barbershop. Keisling’s mom said the family had been on a tight budget. She explained:
“Money’s really tight right now. We just moved and there’s a lot of expenses and a haircut’s just not even on my radar right now.”
Keisling’s shaggy hair was well below his eyebrows but never covered his eyes.
But this week he was pulled from class and was told a teacher with a cosmetology license would fix his long hair. According to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, his family claims that no one asked his permission to cut his locks.
Keisling, however, sat down for the barber during 7th period and it’s unclear if he was given the choice to chop off his bangs or face disciplinary action. He told NBC 4:
“I got sat down and she got ready to cut my hair and then told me she’s only cutting my bangs.”
He was shocked when the teacher cut across his bangs using “school scissors” and made him look like Jim Carrey in the film “Dumb and Dumber.”
Keisling said he was sent back to class where he was greeted with laughs and mockery. The student explained:
“I wasn’t trying to break any rules. I worked Saturday to get money for a haircut. I don’t understand why they didn’t just send me home. I don’t want to go back to school or go out at all. The kids made fun of me.”
When he came home and told his mother about the incident at school, she was “livid.”
Martin took to Facebook to vent her frustrations.
My 16yo son came home from school crying. His principal took him out of class and had a teacher (who is a licensed…
My 16yo son came home from school crying. His principal took him out of class and had a teacher cut his bangs off!
I could understand a trim to make it so he was within dress code but she cut his bangs off at a choppy angle. The teacher even asked her if she was sure! She made him look like Jim Carry in Dumb [and] Dumber but worse.
According to the Hico school handbook:
If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.
The school did not comment about the haircut but in a statement issued to NBC the district wrote:
As part of our commitment to provide a safe and secure learning environment, Hico ISD has a student code of conduct and student handbook that is comprehensive. Student expectations are shared at the beginning of every school year.
We also ask parents to sign off on our procedures which are based on community values. We encourage parents to be involved in decision-making processes, share how they feel about district operations and to share any concerns with their child’s principal. Ultimately, our priority is to educate and support the well-being of every student in Hico ISD. The district will make no further comment on student matters.
Martin told station:
“I know it’s just hair. It grows back. But it’s not like she just gave him a haircut. She hurt his self-esteem. His self-image. That’s the problem.”
According to the Tribune, Keisling’s mother is considering taking legal action against the school over the incident and claims her son has been “traumatized” and wants to change schools.
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