Hairdos and Don'ts; End-of-the-Year Resolution
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Hairdos and Don'ts In a show of unity, two dozen members of the Easton (Mass.) Area High School football team arrived on campus one day last November sporting mohawk haircuts. They were met with curious looks from classmates and a stern warning from principal William Rider - restyle the hair or risk suspension. According to the Easton Express-Times, a school dress code passed in 2006 specifically prohibits "mohawk-type haircuts" or "spike haircuts in which the hair is sectioned and brought to a point."
"Without question I understand teamwork, camaraderie, doing things for the team," Rider, a former football coach, told the paper. "I understand that perfectly, but it's not my policy. It's a school policy and I am following the rules."
Seventy-five EAHS football players signed a petition, and one even appealed in person to the school board, to let the hairstyles, well, stand. Their mohawks still had to go, requiring some student-athletes to shave their heads completely. But players were heartened to learn that dress code changes were anticipated as early as January, potentially leaving matters of hairdos and don'ts up to the discretion of individual instructors - much like jewelry is under the current dress code. "It's okay," senior team member Giovanni Simmons told the Express-Times, "because we got a change for the rest of the year and for years to come."
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