In support of her 11-year-old best friend who has neuroblastoma cancer this third-grade Kamryn Renfro decided to shave her head also. Her act of kindness was rewarded with a was suspension from school for violating the dress code.
“Since Delaney [Clements] is my best friend, I decided to shave my hair because I didn’t want her to be the only one,” Kamryn Renfro told Good Morning America.
Kamryn was then told she could return when her hair grew back. “I couldn’t go to school because of my shaved head,” Kamryn said. “I wanted to share my story but they didn’t let me.”
The reason shaved heads are banned school officials say they are a distraction.
“Initially, I was furious,” said Kamryn’s mom, Jamie Renfro. “We still really respected the dress code. We just didn’t agree with it.”
A special meeting of the charter school’s board of directors was called after Kamryn’s mom Jamie shared on Facebook what happened to her daughter, and many expressed much anger with the school system.
“Words can not express how humbled my family is from all the support that our friends, family, and even people we have never met before, have shown us through this ordeal,” Jamie wrote on Facebook.
Caprock Board of Directors Chairwoman and President Catherine M. Norton confirmed that shaved heads were not permitted, and that the school dress code was “created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.”
But the school board did decided that Kamryn could attend school with a shaved head.
“She got up, got ready, and held her head high as she walked into her classroom this morning,” Jamie posted on Facebook the morning Kamryn returned to school. “To say her dad and I are proud, is a total understatement.”
In a statement to Kamryn, school officials said “compassion and selfless acts of courage are to be commended and encouraged.”
“Kamryn did such a selfless thing for my daughter,” Delaney’s mom, Wendy Campbell told Good Morning America. “She really taught a lesson in integrity.”
Jamie does not blame the school or the board of directors, but wants to see the school’s dress code policy changed.
Sources: Good Morning America , The Daily Sentinel