Take the hair color policy out
  • Petitioned Horseheads School District

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Horseheads School District

Take the hair color policy out

    1. Crystal Adkison
    2. Petition by

      Crystal Adkison

      Horseheads, NY

Students are being told they are only allowed to dye their hair 'natural' colors, brown, black, blonde and red. Any 'unnatural' colors are not allowed because they are being deemed 'distracting' to other children. Individuality and freedom of expression are an important part of growth and development. A child should be able to freely express him/herself in any way that doesn’t hurt themselves or another person. It is detrimental to a child to force them to be anything but who they are; doing so is what causes role confusion and insecurities in the future. Anything can be said to be distracting including obesity, to a burqa, however, these people aren’t asked to go on a diet or change their culture. As a parent part of my values and beliefs is individuality and the freedom of expression, why should I allow my child to go to a school that is not only going against my values but also my parenting? Yet allowing other people to keep theirs. Take the hair color policy out and STOP DISCRIMINATING. You are a public school, you receive children from all walks of life, with different skin color, different sizes, and different beliefs, accept them for who they are. A child’s hair color does not change their readiness to learn, or the students beside them.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Emily Rosenfeldt OCONTO, WI
      • 9 months ago

      I believe in freedom of expression, and I think that the idea of brightly colored hair being "distracting" is ridiculous. I know many people who have dyed their hair unnatural colors, and no students were distracted.

    • James MacDonald EKRON, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      It allows freedom of expression in kids.

    • Brittany Page PITTSBURGH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      There are bigger and better things to worry about in schools than something silly like this.

    • Karen Macchia NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Because my children use to go to Horseheads Central years ago an my best friend's daughter use to go to the same school. Taking away their individuality is just down right crazy basically the district is saying do what we say not as we do...

    • Gary Crapoff PAW PAW, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      i think it should be ok to dye your hair and they are right it's discriminating.Its one thing to tell kids not to dress a certain way but to not dye their hair.Thats like telling kids u can't wear color shoes to school.


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