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Boy with long hair may leave school
upi ^ | Jan. 14, 2010

Posted on 01/15/2010 8:47:40 AM PST by JoeProBono

MESQUITE, Texas, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The parents of a Texas 4-year-old whose hair was declared a violation of school dress code said they may remove him from the school.

Ian Halprin, a spokesman for Mesquite Independent School District, said Wednesday Taylor Pugh -- who has been receiving one-on-one instruction in the Floyd Elementary School library since his hair was declared a violation of district dress code late last year -- could be placed in in-school suspension or in the school office and lose his individual instruction as early as next week, The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.

The boy's parents, Delton Pugh and Elizabeth Taylor, said in response they may simply keep the boy home from his pre-kindergarten class. They said they have no intention of cutting the boy's hair.

District dress code guidelines do not allow for boys to wear hair long enough to reach past their shirt collars.

"If he's not supervised, if he's not learning, there's no reason to leave him there," the boy's mother said.

The parents said Taylor can't wear his hair in braids, a compromise offered by the district, because it hurts his scalp.


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Taylor Pugh, 4, plays while waiting with his mother Elizabeth Taylor, right, in a waiting room before a closed session meeting with the Mesquite Independent School District school board, Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, to decide what to do with the young boys long hair in Mesquite.


1 posted on 01/15/2010 8:47:43 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Aw, just cut his damn hair, already...


2 posted on 01/15/2010 8:50:28 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s how my mother used to arrange my hair to go to ballet class when I was a little girl.


3 posted on 01/15/2010 8:51:32 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: JoeProBono

Delton Pugh = a Beta Male’s Name


4 posted on 01/15/2010 8:51:32 AM PST by GraceG
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To: JoeProBono

Cut the kid’s hair. Cripes, what is it with parents trying to make a statement via their children?


5 posted on 01/15/2010 8:51:58 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: GraceG

6 posted on 01/15/2010 8:55:06 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Haiku Guy

7 posted on 01/15/2010 8:56:05 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dinoparty

8 posted on 01/15/2010 8:57:28 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

My guess is his mother was “pulling” for a girl. The kid is cute with a girl’s hairdo, but he’d be a darling if she got it cut. That’s the great thing about loving both sexes equally, you’re just glad when you get a healthy one out of the oven. After that, it’s all bliss until they reach puberty. ;-) Then, it would be nice if you could send them away somewhere you could trust to give them your morals and values and have them come back when they’re 25 and more “interesting”.


9 posted on 01/15/2010 8:59:10 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Haiku Guy

Yep. How is he ever going to learn about rules and stuff if he never has to follow them?

Future crisis alert.


10 posted on 01/15/2010 8:59:12 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: dinoparty

11 posted on 01/15/2010 9:00:01 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
parents Delton Pugh and Elizabeth Taylor

hmmm

12 posted on 01/15/2010 9:00:28 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Well, the kid is learning something already: He’s growing up to be a Whiskey Tango (White Trash).


13 posted on 01/15/2010 9:01:54 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

14 posted on 01/15/2010 9:02:01 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

My hair is down to my beltline, and I have 2 young Sons ages six and nine.
When they asked if they could grow their hair as long as Daddy’s, I replied: “Sure. As long as you start paying for the hairties, shampoo, conditioning, salon visits (I was just making it up from this point), vitamin injections, and all of the other things.”

Needless to say, they have military-short hair. And they like it.


15 posted on 01/15/2010 9:02:09 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: JoeProBono

A 4 year old should be at home with his mom anyway.


16 posted on 01/15/2010 9:02:28 AM PST by valkyry1
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To: GeronL

“Sir, I prefer not to cut my hair, so I guess I’ll just leave. Now, when does the next bus depart Parris Island?”


17 posted on 01/15/2010 9:03:04 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

PING!


18 posted on 01/15/2010 9:03:31 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: The KG9 Kid

His dad looks like a white trash Axel Rose, which is to say he looks like Axel Rose.


19 posted on 01/15/2010 9:03:47 AM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: The KG9 Kid
I am guessing the “parents” are attention whores, and my guess also unemployed, and most likely Obama supporters.
20 posted on 01/15/2010 9:04:15 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: JoeProBono
I saw the mother interviewed on the news. If the kid is twice as smart as the mother he will still be stupid.
21 posted on 01/15/2010 9:04:38 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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Pony tails:

Little Boys-NO
Aging White Guys who are balding-NO


22 posted on 01/15/2010 9:05:05 AM PST by 999replies
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To: JoeProBono
From a different article:

“I don’t think it’s right to hold a child down and force him to do something,” Mr. Pugh, a tattoo artist, told The Associated Press. “It’s not hurting him or affecting his education.”

First of all, the parents want a 4 year old to be able to not only dictate to them what he will and will not do, but an entire school district must conform to him.

Second, what's a 4 year old doing in a government school in the first place?

Third, if they feel so strongly about the long hair and the education of a 4 year old, take him out of the school and home school him.

23 posted on 01/15/2010 9:05:50 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: RandallFlagg

vitamin injections?


24 posted on 01/15/2010 9:06:43 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

“Daddy” is a real winner there...

Taking fashion tips from Beavis and Butthead.


25 posted on 01/15/2010 9:06:53 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: JoeProBono

Like Indiana Jones, I was making it up as I went along.


26 posted on 01/15/2010 9:08:48 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: GeronL

Something tells me dear ol’ dad is not big on “rules.”


27 posted on 01/15/2010 9:08:53 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: JoeProBono
I had to look twice to make sure I was at Free Republic. A government-run school tells a family to cut their son's hair and everyone here rallies around the school district? Over hair length?

C'mon people!

28 posted on 01/15/2010 9:10:21 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: JoeProBono

I wouldn’t let my son’s hair grow that long, but I also woudln’t want the government to tell me how long it should be.

Actually, many of the founding fathers had hair of a similar length.

Do they have a minimum hair length for girls?

If the kid’s hair isn’t dangerous or disruptive the gubmint should mind its own business.


29 posted on 01/15/2010 9:11:38 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: GSWarrior
I had to look twice to make sure I was at Free Republic. A government-run school tells a family to cut their son's hair and everyone here rallies around the school district? Over hair length?

C'mon people!

This was not a battle worth fighting. Schools have a right to have dress codes. The kid needs to learn about rules.

30 posted on 01/15/2010 9:14:07 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: JoeProBono

I'm okay with long hair.

31 posted on 01/15/2010 9:14:15 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: beaversmom

With all due repsect, I think you have it backwards. The government school is trying to force the kid and parents to conform to it. The kid is not trying to dictate how long any other student’s hair should be.

How does this kid’s hair harm anyone else? It is not even that long. If it is not dangerous or disruptive, the government should mind its own business.

This is Statism run wild, IMHO.


32 posted on 01/15/2010 9:16:14 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: MrEdd

Heh! My hair’s longer than ALL of those guys!


33 posted on 01/15/2010 9:17:03 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: RandallFlagg
Oh. I was hoping you were onto something;-{)


34 posted on 01/15/2010 9:17:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: I Buried My Guns; windcliff

LOL!


35 posted on 01/15/2010 9:17:23 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: JoeProBono

Good lesson to teach a kid ... your hair and your right to “express yourself” is more important than your education. And, if you don’t get your way, pitch a hissy fit.

Cut his damn hair.

SnakeDoc


36 posted on 01/15/2010 9:17:38 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne)
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To: JoeProBono
Isn't that a still shot from The Shining?

"Taylor Pugh isn't here Mrs Taylor."

37 posted on 01/15/2010 9:18:27 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: JoeProBono

Naa. My Sons hate needles, and I used it to my advantage.


38 posted on 01/15/2010 9:18:49 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
"How does this kid’s hair harm anyone else? It is not even that long. If it is not dangerous or disruptive, the government should mind its own business. This is Statism run wild, IMHO."

Right. Those Marines are just so controlling...

39 posted on 01/15/2010 9:20:01 AM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: GSWarrior

No you are wrong! The goverment has the right to dictate how long a child’s hair should be, what type of health coverage every citizen must purchase, the maximum salary an American can earn, how much CO2 we can emit, and anything else it wants! /sarc


40 posted on 01/15/2010 9:20:36 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Schools have the right to write rules of appearance and conduct that govern within their walls. Students simply do not have full free-speech or free-expression rights while at school.

It is not “statism” to require kids to follow rules.

SnakeDoc


41 posted on 01/15/2010 9:21:18 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne)
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To: GSWarrior

Well read their comments.

Evidently, long hair makes him gay.

like that faggot white trash Jesus, evidently. That is their insinuation by the way, not yours or mine.

And they will likely whine about this post for pointing out that what they are posting can not be true without this also being true.


42 posted on 01/15/2010 9:21:33 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

The school has a set of standards that everyone must comply. If they do away the standards for him, then everything goes out the window. There’s no law saying he has to go to a government school. He’s only 4 anyway. And when he gets older, TX is really easy for those that wish to homeschool. I don’t like some rules either, but I either comply or move on. I don’t make a whole district change its policy to suit me.


43 posted on 01/15/2010 9:21:53 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Sans-Culotte

With all due respect, would you feel the same way if the 4-year-old were sent home for wearing a shirt with a Bible verse on it?


44 posted on 01/15/2010 9:23:34 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Dutchboy88

So you are comparing a elite branch of the military to a public elementary school?

At this time, all our heroes in Marine Corps volunteer to join and know agree to follow a dress/grooming code. Even if they were drafted, the military has always had a different set of rules, out of necessity.

Enforcing military discipline on ordinary civilians is pretty much martial law.


45 posted on 01/15/2010 9:25:41 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: GSWarrior

Here’s the school’s dress code. They don’t allow shirts with writing on it either:

http://www.mesquiteisd.org/students/policies/standarddresspolicy.asp


46 posted on 01/15/2010 9:25:41 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: JoeProBono

Dress code guidelines is not a suggestion it’s a rule,follow it.


47 posted on 01/15/2010 9:27:14 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: GSWarrior

Or an embroideres Cross.
Or a Star of David?

It’s only offensive when other people do it.


48 posted on 01/15/2010 9:28:04 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: JoeProBono
A family of attention whores, "look at me! look at me!"

Nice facial hardware, "Dad!"

49 posted on 01/15/2010 9:28:40 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (One good thing about music, when it hits you feel OK!)
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To: GSWarrior

Agreed!
1970 S.Florida Little League playoffs all players had to have hair no longer than collar in back. My son who was also a state champion Motorcrosser was told cut hair or not play. His hair was deemed to be 2” longer than allowed. After the first two games he cut his hair to required length and was allowed to play. His following games were played against teams that had players,coaches and umpires with longer hair than his had been.
“Some animals are more equal than.......”
Today his hair never gets more than 1/4” long! Today my second sons hair like most of the other boys at his school have long hair(some shoulder length).
One must remember,some people like Red Cars others like Black trucks!! To each his own and Screw the rest.


50 posted on 01/15/2010 9:30:52 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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