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Girl Cuts Hair In Memory Of Sister, School Says It's "Too Extreme"


When we see a child do a good deed, it's important that we encourage them to continue their good work.

So when someone, let alone a school, tells them they've crossed the line, it's impossible not to shake your head in disapproval.

Katelyn Ball, 12, decided to chop her long locks off and donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that supplies wigs to children who've suffered hair loss, and raise money for the InspiredbyKeira charity, which helps families who've dealt with the loss of a child.

The charity was founded by Katelyn's parents, Joe and Loanna Ball, in honor of their late daughter Keira, who died in a car accident.

But when Katelyn returned to school with her significantly shorter 'do, school officials told her that her haircut was "too extreme."

Katelyn's father admitted that while the confrontation didn't turn into a screaming match and a compromise was agreed upon, he's angered by the school's disapproval.

"Yesterday we had the headmaster... saying that Katelyn's hair cut is not acceptable as it is 'too extreme,'" Joe told Devon Live.

"Personally I think they should be incredibly proud to have a pupil at their school who has the courage to cut her hair off for two amazing causes."

"Katelyn did this to raise money for #InspiredbyKeira to help other bereaved families and also to make a wig for a sick child who is unable to grow their own hair."

"What Katelyn did was hugely generous and selfless! I am so proud of her!"

Social media users agreed with Joe's sentiments, and voiced their support on Facebook.

"That's so wrong! The school should be promoting her actions," one person commented.

"I think this is so disgusting. Put it in writing to the chair of governors of the school and see what they come back with," another chimed in.

"I find this so shocking, rise above it all. Such a [brave] girl and a inspiration xxx!" someone else wrote.

On South Molton Community College's website, it emphases the fact that a student's hair is part of their uniform.

"Extreme styles are not condoned by the college. Hair must be of a natural color. If the hair is over shoulder length then it should be tied back for all practical lessons or where health and safety requires it," the school's website reads.

"Shaving of any part of the head is not accepted (no grade 1). Pupils should not wear decorative items in their hair."

However, a spokesperson for South Molton Community College said a compromise between the two parties was made, and Katelyn would not be punished.

"A reasonable compromise was suggested to parents," they explained. "The suggestion made was that no sanctions would be taken, but we would expect her to grow out her hair over the next term, as it naturally would."

"This would then conform to school policy. The school is always supportive of any charity work that our students undertake."

[H/T: Devon Live]

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