School punishes boy for haircut

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ENGLAND — A 15-year-old English boy is learning the lesson that “no good deed goes unpunished” after shaving his head to raise money for a cancer charity.

He is now being segregated from other students at school and cannot re-join his class until his “extreme haircut” grows out, according to a report in Heatstreet.

Formerly a mop-headed teen, Taylor Jones thought he was doing a good thing when he shaved his head over the weekend — his haircut generated a whopping £850 (about $1,100) for Cancer Research — but upon his return to Launceston College in Cornwall, he found out that he will instead face punishment. Taylor must now spend break times, lunchtimes and lessons in the school’s internal exclusion room.

His father, Nick Jones, told reporters, “He’s nearly 16, so trying to dictate what length his hair should be is a bit ridiculous. They’re basically saying if you’re bald, that’s not an acceptable look. The deputy principal spoke to me and said they were trying to teach children there are rules to follow. It sounds like a dictatorship to me. It is petty red tape and it’s not helping anybody.”

Jones noted the irony of the situation, stating, “He has been growing it for a while and it had got very unruly and most people said his previous hairstyle was more of an extreme haircut than this is.”

On the other hand, the attention Taylor’s received as a result of his school punishment has provided the impetus for hundreds of people to donate money to the fundraising page he’s set up for Cancer Research U.K.

“Launceston College respects Taylor’s impressive collection made for Cancer Research, but, unfortunately, it was not planned with college expectations in mind,” said Principal Bryan Maywood. “The ‘Brave the Shave’ Macmillan Cancer Support website is very clear about procedures for undertaking these charity events and stresses the need to seek permission from school. After this period, his hair will no longer be considered an extreme hairstyle; he will return to normal lessons.”

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