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John Martin, Canton Local School District President: Modify the Canton Local School District Dress Policy

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Canton South High School junior is growing his hair out to donate to a charitable cause, but now his school has suspended him.

The high school wants him to cut his hair because it violates the school’s dress code.

Zachary Aufderheide, 17, said he is just trying to help kids in need by donating his long hair to Locks of Love. The charity uses donated hair to make hairpieces for kids who have lost their hair due to illnesses like cancer.

Aufderheide is just an inch away from meeting the Locks of Love donation requirement of 10 inches.

“I want to give them the chance to live a somewhat normal life,” said Aufderheide. “I want to give them a chance to be happy.”

Aufderheide is serving a two-day in-school suspension for violating the school’s dress code. The code specifies all male students must keep their hair above the shirt collar.

At the beginning of the school year, Aufderheide was told to cut his hair. Aufderheide has donated to Locks of Love before, so he didn’t think it would be a problem.

The junior notified the school board of his charitable intentions and asked for more time to grow his locks longer. On Monday, Zachary was called into the principal’s office for violating the school dress code.

What's more is that the Vice President of the Canton Local School District, John Mariol, has a portrait posted on the Canton Local School District website in which he is wearing a beard which is also a violation of the Canton Local School District dress code.

The Canton Local School District should modify its archaic and sexist dress code policy to allow male students to grow hair longer than shirt collar length AND to allow beards, or Vice President John Mariol should be forced to shave his beard in public.

Please sign this petition so at a time when even Disney World has updated its strict dress code policy, the Canton Local School District can be pushed to change its outdated dress code policy, allowing Zachary Aufderheide to continue his pursuit of growing out his hair for a charitable cause.

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