A first year male student at Harrison High School has been banned from being a member of the cross country team because of the length of his hair. The issues with this rule are as follows:
* No contemporary relevance -- outdated
* Not enforced with female athletes
* Students not given any remedy like "wear a head band" or "tie hair back." The tattoo rule allows students to be athletes if they agree to cover their tattoos.
* Not enforced with all sports -- a current football player has long hair and is allow to put his hair in a "skull cap"
* Not enforced consistently at both TSC high schools. McCutcheon High School has several athletes with long hair. Bravo, McCutcheon!!
* The purpose is unacceptable -- According to the principal, the purpose is to "ensure that our student athletes represent Harrison High School in a manner that is acceptable to our coaches, administration, and community"
Rule in Question – Harrison High School Athletic Handbook – page 4 – Responsibilities…be a credit to your parents, the school, and the community.
· Keep yourself neat, clean, and socially presentable at all times. Socially acceptable appearance includes reasonable hair length, covering of any tattoos, and clean shaven for boys.
· Hair – must be kept at a length so that no more than ½ of the ear is covered. Hair must be cut so that it is off the collar and out of the eyes. Head bands may not be used to make the hair meet these requirements. Hair styles are not to bring undue attention to the athlete.
Additional Information for Clarification
* This petition focuses on one rule in the HHS Athletic Handbook -- the "hair length" rule for athletes.
* TSC is a high quality school system. Burnett Creek Elementary and Battle Ground Middle Schools have incredibly talented and caring teachers and administrators. Harrison High School is also a great school. No complaints about TSC, BCE, BGMS or HHS.
* This is NOT an attack on the school corporation, school, coaches or the administrators.
* The student in question was not informed about the “long-hair” rule in middle school, in any high school orientation or high school athletic meeting.
* The student in question and his parents signed the HHS Athletic Handbook agreeing to abide by all of the rules.
* The student in question is not an athlete; and therefore, IS complying with the rules.
* The student in question and his parents did NOT sign stating that they were agreeing with all of the rules.
* This movement is for positive change intended to strengthen the school system.
His biggest battles should be on the Cross Country trail not with the Superintendent! Will you please stand in his corner -- sign and share this petition.
“Be the change you wish to see” ~Mahatma Gandhi
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