Petition Closed

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.

Letter to
Horseheads School District
Take the hair color policy out

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.