Student suspended over long hair will transfer to another school

Feb. 3, 2012
Senior who grew hair to donate to a cancer program will leave Madison Academy in Burton, Mich.

From The Detroit News: A cancer survivor who was suspended from a Michigan charter school over the length of his hair will transfer to another public school. J.T. Gaskins, 17, made national headlines after the governing board for Madison Academy in Burton ruled last month that the senior, who was growing his hair to donate to a program for people with cancer, violated the school's dress code. It requires male students to keep their hair clean, neat and off the collar. School officials offered several options that they said would allow him to return to classes, but the student's mother says the school's offer isn't enough.

Earlier... From T he Detroit Free Press: A charter school in Michigan has offered a teenage boy a compromise that would let him to return to school while growing hair to donate to people who lost theirs to cancer. Officials at Madison Academy in Burton say they have suggested some options that would let J.T. Gaskins, 17, of Grand Blanc, keep his long hair. One choice was to use gel and other techniques to keep the hair out of his eyes and off his shirt collar. The student has not said if he would accept the conditions that would end his suspension. J.T. was suspended Jan. 23 after administrators decided his long hair violated school policy. J.T.'s hair must be 10 inches long to be donated to Locks of Love, a charity that turns donated hair into wigs for cancer patients.

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