On one side: A 16-year-old kid who a) actually a solid-enough citizen to have a job already, and b) loves the memory of his grandma who died from cancer, and c) would like to grow his hair long enough to donate it to Locks of Love, which helps cancer patients dealing with chemo-caused hair loss/
On the other side: A small East Texas school district that apparently thinks long hair on boys is communist or something. Or at least leads to communism, or socialism, or voting for Obama.
Beaumont station KFDM has the story of Silsbee teen Jarrot Griffis, who has been told to cut that damn hair, hippie, by the Silsbee school district.
Silsbee ISD, here is what you're up against:
"If I could give my hair to somebody else and see them with my hair and them smile, that would be meaningful," said Griffis.
Something even more meaningful to Griffis, his aunt is a breast cancer survivor, but he's lost three family members to cancer, including his best friend.
"It tore me up inside when my grandma died," said Griffis.
In your defense, Silsbee ISD, long hair is kinda gay. We guess.
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The district told the station that the dress code specifies that male students can't have overly long hair.
She couldn't comment on this specific case, she said, but did respond when the station asked about a previous Silsbee student who participated in Locks of Love, which requires donors to have hair at least 10 inches long.
"After doing some research a student was allowed to let his hair grow for that reason," he told KDFM. "However we have a new superintendent and new administrators at the high school and Silsbee ISD will be consistent with the dress code."
Way to go, Silsbee.