Long Hair Equality
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On behalf of myself, the boys concerned and the members who have signed our petition – that we respect St. Peters Lutheran College’s school rules wholly. Our concern regards solely the issue of hair length, there is no desire to blemish the College’s reputation in any form or seek reformation of other school rules. As I presume our plea is being accepted as comical, I would like to implore that we be taken seriously as we feel strongly about the issue and would extremely appreciate any progress toward enforcing a more equal and fair regulation regarding hair length.
Equality amongst gender:
Currently the school enforces that a boy’s “hair is to be out of the eyes, not below the bottom of the collar and not below the bottom of, or covering, the ear,” no such regulation is placed on females. Furthermore, it is stated that “extreme haircuts and hairstyles are not allowed.” For females, “shoulder length [hair] must be tied back and kept out of the eyes.” Based on this, there are two options for boys who intend on having “long hair.” Presently, no boy at St. Peter’s has hair which is “shoulder length,” therefore, if equality amongst the genders is to be enforced, boys should be allowed to grow their hair in abidance to the regulations placed on females. Moreover, if the first option does not suffice then I believe that it is only fair that the college allows boys to place their hair in respectable buns – not dissimilar to what is constituted at other highly achieving Brisbane based schools, such as Kenmore State Highschool. A boy’s hair being tied up neatly cannot be constituted as being an “extreme hairstyle,” as the same regulation is not placed on females – who are able to tie their hair up freely. Commendable efforts have been undertaken by the college in the recent past to enforce gender equal uniform requirements, for example, allowing females to wear an alternative uniform when challenged by the traditional female uniform. I believe our plea is not dissimilar to this action. Myself, the students and the broader community can only see positivity through the progression made by the college toward gender equality. This is evident by the unwavering support displayed toward the petition to reform the regulations regarding boys hair length .
Testament to our claim is a case conducted in Wellington, New Zealand in 2014. The case involves a student named Lucan Battison who after being suspended from his private school for having “long hair” succeeded in revoking the suspension through a court hearing. The “New Zealand High Court judge David Collins found the schoolboy’s actions weren’t harmful or dangerous to other students, didn’t amount to serious misconduct, and therefore didn’t warrant suspension.” It is important to mention that the regulations regarding boy’s hair length at St. John’s College are the same as those at St. Peter’s, “students must keep their hair short, tidy, off their collars and out of their eyes.” The case culminated in Battison being able to attend school with his hair placed in a bun. As a technicality, a boy placing his hair in a bun, currently, does not infringe on any of St. Peter’s hair regulation and therefore should be allowed.
Thank you for taking the time to read our statement, we would appreciate it tremendously if you could sign our petition and share it with others.
It would be greatly appreciated if no one would contact the school or send any unnecessary hate to them as that will only worsen the situation, by signing the petition you are able to contribute without causing any unneeded hassle.
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