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Should Kid Be Suspended for Odd Sports Haircut?

Sports 2012/05/18 16:00:00
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Attention students! Don't attend Woodlake Hills Middle School in Texas if you like funky hair. Just ask student Patrick Gonzalez, who recently received national media coverage for his "awesomely out there yet awesome" haircut. Well, for that and the fact that his school is threatening to suspend him if he doesn't change his 'do.

So, what's all the fuss about? Well, Patrick got a haircut that features an image of San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner in the back of his head. Yes, this picture of nice, mild-mannered Bonner is apparently a suspendable offense. Never mind the fact that the Spurs are a Texas-based team and one of the most successful NBA franchises of all time. Never mind the fact that Bonner is a cult favorite among many basketball fans. That doesn't matter to Woodlake Mills, who will make sure Gonzalez serves an in-school suspension if he doesn't alter his hairstyle.

Sure, the hairstyle could be distracting to some students, but so would a mohawk. Or a mullet. Or emo hair. Are they not going to allow kids to don these styles as well? Is there an actual criteria as to what leads to a suspension when it comes to a person's appearance? And let's be real here: It's not like Patrick Gonzalez has Kim Kardashian on his head. This dude's got priorities!

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  • tweet_tweet 2012/05/18 20:26:24
    No
    tweet_tweet
    +13
    I hate the argument that hair and clothes distract other students. If hair will distract them, so will a bug flying in the room, or dust, or dry erase markers. Students who want to learn will, and those who don't care won't pay attention anyway. This is just an argument for schools who care about their image.

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  • Tony Abi 2012/05/18 20:05:26
    Tony
    they do if it violates a school dress code. but this snippet doesn't tell us if there is a code he supposed to follow. I'd bet there is.
  • william Abi 2012/05/18 20:13:46
    william
    what makes them so distracting ?????????????????????
  • Buoyant... Abi 2012/05/18 20:21:14
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    Oh dear! Mullets? Mohawks? Rat Tails? So you think we should just let it slide, but have them placed into interment work camps to teach them a lesson?
  • D.C.Ver... Buoyant... 2012/05/18 20:05:49
    D.C.Verdone
    You were being sarcastic, no?
  • Buoyant... D.C.Ver... 2012/05/18 20:36:59 (edited)
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +2
    LOL or as you like to say XD! :-) Of course!
    JUST DON'T TELL ANYONE!
  • hasher Buoyant... 2012/05/20 23:01:01
    hasher
    LOL I like your reply!!!!
  • Buoyant... hasher 2012/05/20 23:05:03
    Buoyant Leadraft
    LOL darlene thank you dear! :-)
  • rosesvengeance BN-0 2012/05/18 19:27:34
    No
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    it will distract another child for like 10 seconds and then they will be used to it. lol schools need to lighten up a little, it's not like it's an offensive image. If schools stop being such "militant pricks" then kids will actually do better because they might enjoy school.
  • cellophane rosesve... 2012/05/18 21:00:58
    cellophane
    +1
    I think the schools like to have these things published. "Soon someone is going to notice that our state is near the bottom in SAT scores, so let's come down on a bunch of students so no one notices our own deficiencies!"
  • Funky Monk 2012/05/18 19:15:22
    No
    Funky Monk
    +1
    It's gonna grow out pretty quickly anyways.
  • Defcon 2012/05/18 18:58:59
    No
    Defcon
    +1
    Some rules make no sense
  • fallen angel 2012/05/18 18:56:43
    No
    fallen angel
    +1
    it dont hurt no one
  • rightside 2012/05/18 18:51:38
    No
    rightside
    +2
    That's just silly.
  • Luke 2012/05/18 18:42:31
    No
    Luke
    +1
    WTF???? For that??????? A life..... Get one.....
  • Krystle 2012/05/18 18:27:08
    No
    Krystle
    +2
    I think that is a cool cut. I have seen people getting anothers persons face cut into their hair and its neat. And I also am thinking the administrator's are bored because its the ending of the school year practically. How much harm is he doing and yes it's a distraction but for only a quick second and then kids should be back to paying teachers attention.
  • Leo 2012/05/18 18:05:27
    No
    Leo
    +2
    Of course not. Get your sh-- together, administrators! You're supposed to be teaching, not shoving your narrow minded attitudes down people's throats!
  • smitty 2012/05/18 17:58:35 (edited)
    Yes
    smitty
    Unless he changes it. It is a distraction.



    Besides it looks stupid. But the kids can't tell him it looks stupid because they would be suspended for telling him it looks stupid and making fun of him.



    So as an adult I will take the high road and say it looks stupid and his parents are stupid for letting him get that stupid haircut. Did I mention it looks stupid.
  • Funky Monk smitty 2012/05/18 19:17:05
    Funky Monk
    +3
    You're taking the high road by making fun of a kid's hair?
  • smitty Funky Monk 2012/05/18 19:20:55
    smitty
    Yup. It is about time someone sticks up to all the stupidity in this world.
  • cellophane smitty 2012/05/18 21:03:51
    cellophane
    +1
    Who gets to define "stupidity"? As an outside observer, I think you're poorly qualified to make such a distinction! ;)
  • smitty cellophane 2012/05/21 13:15:10
    smitty
    +1
    What I should listen to you? Ha nah don't think so.
  • cellophane smitty 2012/05/22 06:19:02
    cellophane
    +1
    Nope. You shouldn't listen to me. But by the same token, you don't get to define "stupid" for me... ;)
  • smitty cellophane 2012/05/22 13:09:43
    smitty
    +1
    You're right. I shouldn't define stupid for you. I didn't. I wrote my own words and I stand behind them for me.

    As should you.
  • cellophane smitty 2012/05/22 16:46:50
    cellophane
    +1
    Then you will not be offended when I find your definition of the haircut as stupid to be....well.....stupid! In turn, I know that you then find my view to be stupid and vise versa again.... :))

    Anyway, nice talking to you. Until next time....
  • rosesve... smitty 2012/05/18 19:29:20
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    Just because you don't like how it looks doesn't mean they are right to suspend him for it.
    Oh yeah and it will be a distraction to other kids for um lets see........maybe 10 seconds. Hardly worth a suspension.
  • smitty rosesve... 2012/05/21 13:16:10
    smitty
    They only suspended him until he gets it fixed. It is like coming to school with a tee shirt that is inappropriate.. go home and change it.

    It makes sense.
  • cellophane smitty 2012/05/18 21:01:54
    cellophane
    I think it looks awesome!
  • smitty cellophane 2012/05/21 13:16:27
    smitty
    Oh yeah. I never would have thought that.
  • biggerman 2012/05/18 17:57:00
    No
    biggerman
    +1
    That's a work of art. Too bad it will grow out.
  • FrancheskahMae:) 2012/05/18 17:54:45
    No
    FrancheskahMae:)
    +1
    At least it's not a penis or boobs.. really.
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/05/18 17:53:37
    No
    Andy Fletcher
    +3
    Well first, I have to say the barber is a genius. Very artistic, and the kid has eggs for wearing it.

    I think schools have some leeway in what they can consider a distraction. Yes, even public schools. I just don't feel this is anywhere near that level.
  • Pat 2012/05/18 17:46:44
    No
    Pat
    +4
    I think this kind of thing is very innocent and shouldn't be treated like a huge transgression. In fact, it's unique and amazing that someone can do that with hair. This school is way off base with this one.
  • Bunk11 2012/05/18 17:45:51
    No
    Bunk11
    +2
    Unless the school has a policy on acceptable haircuts or a student presents a health hazard or serious distraction, then they should let him do what he wants.
  • MJ 2012/05/18 17:26:53
    No
    MJ
    +3
    Very creative!
  • Nomad58 2012/05/18 17:08:06
    No
    Nomad58
    +3
    Are they going to start insisting girls use banding straps around their chests next?
    I mean that is a helluva way more distracting than some kids hair.

    Let these little local Nazi's get a foot in the door and they'll own you.

    straps chests helluva distracting kids hair local nazis foot door
  • robbt1 2012/05/18 17:03:46
    No
    robbt1
    +3
    Unless this is a private school, they don't get that privilege. Unless it's outright pornography or profanity, that is.

    But if the principal is a Clippers fan, seeing Matt Bonner IS basically a middle finger. I'm just trying to think on both sides of the board here!
  • frank 2012/05/18 16:55:28
    Yes
    frank
    As much as I am against his being suspended I agree with the school. They need to enforce some sort of control over haircuts, what if the next one cuts obesity in their hair, is that OK?
  • FatherL... frank 2012/05/18 17:06:12
    FatherLiberty
    +2
    what would be wrong with that? The school is simply there to teach math, writing, reading etc, not control image.
  • Nomad58 frank 2012/05/18 17:11:08 (edited)
    Nomad58
    +2
    Then it would be against the obscenity* code not the dress code.
    Try to separate them logically.

    *Note: edited from 'obsenity' thanks to smitty's catch ~ my error: dropped the 'c'
  • smitty Nomad58 2012/05/18 18:09:07
    smitty
    The word obesity is obscene?

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