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Kindergartener With Mohawk Suspended From School
Newsnet5 (Cleveland WEWS-TV) ^ | February 27, 2008

Posted on 02/27/2008 4:56:15 AM PST by E Rocc

PARMA, Ohio -- A kindergarten student with a freshly spiked Mohawk haircut has been suspended by school authorities who said the hair was a distraction for other students.

Michelle Barile, the mother of 6-year-old Bryan Ruda, said nothing in the Parma Community School handbook prohibits the haircut, characterized by closely shaved sides with a strip of prominent hair on top.

"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair."

An administrator at the suburban Cleveland charter school first warned Barile last fall that the haircut wasn't acceptable. The school later sent another warning to her reiterating the ban.

Mohawks violate the school's policy on being properly groomed, school Principal Linda Geyer said. Also, the school district's dress code doesn't mention Mohawks, but it does allow school officials to forbid anything that interferes with the conduct of education.

Ruda's hair became a disruption on Thursday when Ruda arrived freshly shorn, Geyer said. Administrators called Barile on Friday telling her to pick Ruda up from school.

"This was his third infraction," Geyer said Tuesday. "We felt that we were being extremely patient."

Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an option, she said.

"It's something that he really likes," Barile said. "When people hear Mohawk, they think it's long, it's spiked, it's crazy looking, and it's really not."


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During the 60s and 70s, attempts by schools to regulate hair length were struck down because of its effects beyond school. It seems to me that this is the parent's perogative, not the school's.
1 posted on 02/27/2008 4:56:17 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: E Rocc

“I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination,” she said. “They can’t tell me how I can cut his hair.”

Yes they can...for the same reasons there are uniforms and dress codes, genius.


2 posted on 02/27/2008 4:57:49 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Slapshot68

I’ll put money on it that the school’s dress code doesn’t even address haircuts. (yet)


3 posted on 02/27/2008 4:59:38 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: E Rocc

“It’s something that he really likes,” Barile said”

Oh, well that makes it okay then. lol


4 posted on 02/27/2008 5:00:01 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: MacDorcha

You’re probably right.


5 posted on 02/27/2008 5:00:28 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: E Rocc

The mother thinks she has problems now. Madam, never mind what’s on his head, worry about what they’re putting in it.


6 posted on 02/27/2008 5:00:56 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Six more days of Clinton II.)
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To: E Rocc

Put him in a dress; they’ll not only reinsate him, they’ll build a bathroom for him as well...


7 posted on 02/27/2008 5:01:06 AM PST by LRS ( MommaObama = Barack; MommaObamaMomma = Mrs Obama; MommaObamaMa=his ma;MommaObamaMama=grandma)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; 2Jedismom; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; Antoninus; arbooz; bboop; bill1952; ...

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8 posted on 02/27/2008 5:01:12 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: E Rocc

“Mohawks violate the school’s policy on being properly groomed”

Skin on either side of the head is probably better (for health reasons) than the long shaggy hair emo kids and punks like to wear.


9 posted on 02/27/2008 5:02:49 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: E Rocc

I just read this on cleveland.com, but what’s a 6 year old doing with a mohawk?


10 posted on 02/27/2008 5:03:04 AM PST by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: E Rocc
Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an option, she said.

So, why is this a story?

Seems like the problem has been solved.

11 posted on 02/27/2008 5:03:27 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: E Rocc
Michelle Barile, the mother of 6-year-old Bryan Ruda . . .

Sounds like another kid in serious need of a two-parent family.

12 posted on 02/27/2008 5:04:29 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: E Rocc

Sounds like the kid has simply gotten the sides of his head shaved. Done properly, it is even considered a proper military haircut.


13 posted on 02/27/2008 5:04:50 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: E Rocc
"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair."

Well, apparently they can...

This mother's response is typical of problems schools encounter. No matter what the situation, the parents always assume that their PLS (Precious Little Snowflake) cannot be the problem, and the fault must lie with the school. They will then gleefully undercut the school's authority by telling the PLS that he is absolutely right, and there is no reason to follow the school's rules.

Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an option, she said... "It's something that he really likes," Barile said.

I would wager the school is not the least bit upset with the way things turned out. This parent is just looking for trouble, and is using her young son to find it. I feel for the PLS when he has to come into a new school mid-year with this ridiculous hair-cut. The kids are going to be calling him "Geronimo" for the next 13 years.

What a silly, stupid woman.

14 posted on 02/27/2008 5:04:57 AM PST by gridlock (Proud McCain Supporter since February 7, 2008.)
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To: E Rocc

Wonder what dad thinks of it.

Or where dad is.


15 posted on 02/27/2008 5:05:20 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: E Rocc

One more reason why mandatory kindergarten is necessary < /s>


16 posted on 02/27/2008 5:06:52 AM PST by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: darkangel82
I just read this on cleveland.com, but what’s a 6 year old doing with a mohawk?

Clearly the mother is using the kid to be rebellious by proxy. I wonder what the first two violations were?

17 posted on 02/27/2008 5:06:57 AM PST by Hugin (Mecca delenda est!)
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To: E Rocc

>>”They can’t tell me how I can cut his hair.”<<

I’ll bet his daddy gave him his first mohawk.


18 posted on 02/27/2008 5:07:42 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Hoodlum91

What makes you think there is a Mr. Ruda involved in all this. Momma might have picked that name because she thought it sounded cool.


19 posted on 02/27/2008 5:07:52 AM PST by gridlock (Proud McCain Supporter since February 7, 2008.)
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To: darkangel82

“what’s a 6 year old doing with a mohawk?”

Learning to speak iroquoi?


20 posted on 02/27/2008 5:08:26 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: MacDorcha
They describe it as a "freshly spiked mohawk".


21 posted on 02/27/2008 5:09:19 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: darkangel82
what’s a 6 year old doing with a mohawk?

Maybe he's a Minor Threat fan.
22 posted on 02/27/2008 5:10:17 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: darkangel82
what’s a 6 year old doing with a mohawk?

Maybe he's a Minor Threat fan.
23 posted on 02/27/2008 5:10:30 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: E Rocc

I don’t understand, she was just teaching her child to rebel. That he doesn’t have to follow rules. Geeze, what’s wrong with that. /sarc


24 posted on 02/27/2008 5:10:59 AM PST by Dustbunny ((Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: E Rocc

I’d have to agree with mom here. Although the school has a requirement for good grooming, grooming really describes the attention to neatness. If the boy’s mohawk was tidy, then he didn’t fall short of good grooming. It seems like the principal wants to include tastefulness and stylishness into her definition of grooming.


25 posted on 02/27/2008 5:11:08 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

And the mother said it “really wasn’t”.

Sorry, but I tend to side with the individual first in these cases.

If she proves to be in the wrong later, I’ll gladly take back my position.


26 posted on 02/27/2008 5:12:02 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: E Rocc; SoftballMominVA; Gabz; Amelia

I had friends in high school with mohawks, and I teach high school now.

Mohawks do not bother me as much as nose rings and visible tattoos. On teachers and students alike.

It is a haircut.


27 posted on 02/27/2008 5:12:36 AM PST by shag377 (Illegitimis nil carborundum sunt!)
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To: E Rocc

That haircut looks more like a mullet which is the number one sign you’re a knuckle dragging lowlife. All the kid has to do now is get a tattoo, and he’ll be well on his way to a lifetime at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. The school made a wise decision to get rid of this kid and his mother (who probably has a two foot beehive).


28 posted on 02/27/2008 5:12:43 AM PST by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: darkangel82

Parma? White socks! Turn blue kid!


29 posted on 02/27/2008 5:13:25 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: E Rocc
"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair."

When children who are in public schools belong to the state, as the courts have ruled, then yes, they CAN tell you how to cut his hair. Thank your ever-expanding imperial government for that.

30 posted on 02/27/2008 5:13:45 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Men fight well when they know that no prisoners will be taken.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; MacDorcha
Here is the actual boy, though.

Don't know if mom "spiked" his hair with gel before school or not.

31 posted on 02/27/2008 5:13:46 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Plenty of soldiers I know wear those things.

If it’s within the regulation for the Army, why would the school complain?... oh... I think I just answered my question....


32 posted on 02/27/2008 5:15:39 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; MacDorcha

I wouldn’t have a problem with the haircut in the photo.


33 posted on 02/27/2008 5:16:21 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: E Rocc
“the hair was a distraction for other students.”

Only for a short while. Then, it’s on the the chick with the pierced nipples.

34 posted on 02/27/2008 5:17:02 AM PST by wolfcreek (Powers that be will lie like Clintons and spend like drunken McCains to push their Globalist agenda.)
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To: E Rocc

Just another example of the man keepin’ a little kid down!


35 posted on 02/27/2008 5:17:09 AM PST by Slump Tester (-What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: MacDorcha
"Skin on either side of the head is probably better (for health reasons) than the long shaggy hair emo kids and punks like to wear."

It's not the hair that makes a punk a punk.

It's the little idiot that lives inside the dome.

36 posted on 02/27/2008 5:18:03 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: wolfcreek

Heh, only if the mohawk walked in first! Otherwise, he’d be a non-story.


37 posted on 02/27/2008 5:18:57 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: Slapshot68

Distractions to the learning environment ARE within the realm of regulation. Long hair, in-and-of itself is generally not about trying to get attention. A spiked mohawk IS ALWAYS about getting attention.

And by the parent’s response, I strongly suspect that the parent knew there would be a problem and chose to push the issue to get attention for themselves in the first place.

This coming from a 14 year veteran in the classroom.


38 posted on 02/27/2008 5:19:26 AM PST by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: Hatteras

That kid you’re showing needs a pop in the mouth.


39 posted on 02/27/2008 5:19:49 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Scratch glass, climb walls and do it while you can but don’t get caught.

On another thought Ghoulardi, this is a charter school. They can set the standards and do.

See...
“An administrator at the suburban Cleveland charter school first warned Barile last fall that the haircut wasn’t acceptable”

She should feel blessed that her kid is in a charter and not in Cleveland Public. My nephews go to a charter on Puritas. Best school in the world.


40 posted on 02/27/2008 5:20:04 AM PST by netmilsmom (Giving up "Hairspray" and the cast for Lent. Prayers appreciated!)
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To: E Rocc
In the 60s and 70s, kids with crewcuts would be taunted outside of school because their hair was not in step with the general fashion of the times. Thus school rules demanding children to wear unpopular hairstyles were considered onerous.

This child's situation is the opposite - he is not being told to modify a universally popular hairstyle, but a gimmick hairstyle that was barely ever in fashion and crested in popularity a quarter-century before he was born.

The mother is a headcase, and she's messing with her kid's mind.

41 posted on 02/27/2008 5:20:12 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
It seems like the principal wants to include tastefulness and stylishness into her definition of grooming.

Exactly! It seems the public schools want to take out individuality at an early age.

And then there are exceptions... if you are gay or trans-gender -- that is perfectly acceptable and must be celebrated. If you are conservative and Christian -- you must be a hateful person with a closed mind...

And with the schools worrying about nonsense like this, is it any wonder why our little pupils are falling behind the world?

42 posted on 02/27/2008 5:21:59 AM PST by John123 (Socialism is the best choice for those too stupid to be liberals...)
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To: gridlock

Amen. We sit and bitch and moan about public schools, then side with the little darlings at every turn.


43 posted on 02/27/2008 5:23:03 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: metmom

My daughter gave my 2 yr old grandson a similar haircut & I was so upset. I said why on earth would you do that to him?....IMHO my daughter was just being her usual different self but to carry it on to the baby I wasn’t pleased. However he did look cute for the short time he had it. Seems his daddy wasn’t happy with it & he went & got his head shaved. Personally I think public schools have more to worry about then haircuts.


44 posted on 02/27/2008 5:23:40 AM PST by pandoraou812 (Out, damned spot......OUT)
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To: MacDorcha

We have GOT to get over silly things like kids’ hair styles.
What a waste of time.


45 posted on 02/27/2008 5:24:24 AM PST by Tigercap (McCain. For Supreme Court judge nominations and WOT progress if nothing else.)
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To: TheBattman

While I agree with your assessment of the mom, I gotta say that hippy hair and afros and even shaved heads all are about “attention”.

It’s also possible the kid saw it and said “COOL! MOM I WANT ONE!” and the mom found no reason to stop it. An finding a public school to be out of line on it’s control isn’t exactly at odds with a lot of people on this forum.

Looking at the pic, he’s got a conservative (socially) haircut. It just happens to be a conservative mohawk.


46 posted on 02/27/2008 5:24:55 AM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: E Rocc
During the 60s and 70s, attempts by schools to regulate hair length were struck down because of its effects beyond school. It seems to me that this is the parent's perogative, not the school's.

You crazy, whacked-out liberal! /s

47 posted on 02/27/2008 5:25:12 AM PST by TankerKC (Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.)
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To: E Rocc
Take him our of the anti-American government school and get a private school he can go to.
48 posted on 02/27/2008 5:25:28 AM PST by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
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To: MacDorcha

It’s actually pretty common here in West Michigan. And W. MI is quite conservative.
It’s just a hair style.


49 posted on 02/27/2008 5:25:48 AM PST by Tigercap (McCain. For Supreme Court judge nominations and WOT progress if nothing else.)
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To: Slapshot68

Tell the kid to wear a hat at school. There, fixed it.


50 posted on 02/27/2008 5:26:17 AM PST by NCLaw441
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