A 24 year old girl has been put into isolation because she shaved her hair to donate it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides handmade, real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through treatment for cancer.
The school has defended its actions because it is an ‘extreme’ haircut. However, this still raises the question as to what would they have said if it was a boy? Or if the girl in question actually did have cancer?
The school has demanded that she wear a head scarf until her hair grows another CM, which should take no more than around 2 weeks at most, and how are they going to know it’s in the threshold of acceptable? Take a tape measure to her head?
To put someone into isolation over something that is actually none of anyone’s business is not only absurd, but Draconian. If she had dyed her hair luminous green and shaved it into a Sid Vicious style Mohawk, then yes, the school would have a leg to stand on. Also, how many teachers out there have shaved heads? Male and Female.
Would a black teacher be reprimanded for shaving their head because they didn’t want to use relaxers, perms, mechanical strengtheners or get a weave? Or would a pupil with unruly hair be reprimanded for getting corn rows. Both are neat, tidy, and have no bearing on a child’s ability to learn. In actual fact, in some cases it would probably help as they wouldn’t be constantly fiddling around with it during lessons.
To add insult to injury, this girl didn’t do this as some crazy teenage stunt for attention, she did it for a cause that obviously means something to her. A cause that has helped thousands of young people who have unfortunately lost their hair due to the gruelling, and oft times barbaric treatments that are needed to treat cancer.
The school however, have said that the family should have told them so alternative fundraisers could be organized. Sorry, but that does not cut the mustard. You can’t give money and hair magically appears, hair is hair, it’s an organic substance that grows naturally in the human body, you can’t just magic some up with a few quid.
A woman’s (especially young women) hair is her pride and joy, it’s her femininity, her identity, her individuality. To give this extraordinary gift is not only one of the most courageous things that a woman can do, but also one of the most benevolent. Yet this school have decided to treat benevolence with malevolence. What kind of message is this sending out to the other pupils? That they shouldn’t try to help others when they can for fear of being punished.
The Little Princess Trust relies on donations of a natural bi-product of humans that costs absolutely nothing to grow, and the school should be supporting this girls attempts at making just one persons time going through treatment a little better.