A 17-year-old boy who was growing his hair out for the charity, Locks of Love, was suspended from school because of its hair-length policy.
A 17-year-old cancer survivor is kicked out of school for having long hair -- hair he is growing to donate to cancer patients. WXYZ reports: “JT Gaskins was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just a baby. Doctors didn’t think he’d live to celebrate his first birthday. Now, at 17 he wanted to give back by growing his hair long enough to make a donation to Locks of Love.” Gaskins underwent more than four years of chemotherapy for his leukemia. Now, his Michigan high school still won’t let him grow out his hair. WJBK explains the policy. “His charter school, Madison Academy, has a policy that hair has to be off the collar, off the ears and out of the eyes.” ABCNews has what happened next … “They kicked JT out for 3 days, then allowed him to return pending a decision from the school board. Monday evening, the board voted against making an exception.” Gaskins and his mother are especially upset because the board took only five minutes to make its decision. But the school superintendent defended the board. “In this five-minute span we’re not going to up and change our policy.” GASKINS: “And they’re telling me I can’t grow my hair out to give back to a cause I fought my whole life for.” But after all the backlash, WFAA reports ... “Members of the school board say they will reconsider this week and try to reach a compromise with JT.”