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Kindergartner returns to class sans Mohawk


Reid Elementary School student Ethan Clos headed back to the classroom yesterday without the “cool” haircut that got him suspended last week.

His mom Keshia Castle complied with the school’s directive that her son have his Mohawk shaved off because it was a distraction to other students.

Castle said she was told on Wednesday that her 5-year-old son could not come back to class until he got rid of the haircut in which the head is shaved on the sides and only a strip of hair is left on top and down the middle of the scalp.

Castle said Ethan thought he was “cool” after he got the haircut during spring break last week and he got a lot of attention from his classmates when he returned to class.

“They seen his hair like it was. All the little kids were going over and feeling on it and everything,” Castle said.

Clark Shawnee School District officials, however, told Castle her son’s hairdo caused a disturbance as the teachers in the classroom couldn’t get the attention of the students.

Superintendent Gregg Morris said the hairstyle was a distraction for students and violates district rules.

“Our policy clearly states that any dress or grooming which is disruptive or distracting to the educational process is not acceptable. In this particular case, the student’s hairstyle did provide disruption to the classroom,” Morris said.

Clos was not in school on Thursday or Friday, but returned on Monday.


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