Purple hair and free expression (Update 2)
Government school administrators in a town in Arizona apparently can’t concentrate in the presence of a girl with some purple hair. Other students had no problem concentrating. Her classmates have seen purple t-shirts, purple hand bags, purple dresses, purple eye shadow. Purple hair was not shocking.
Government admins disagreed. They demanded the Sadie Pendleton remove the hair dye. Well, that wasn’t so easy since the dye was semi-permanent, meaning it would take about two months to wash out. Her parents insisted she be allowed to remain in the school, and the admins backed down but still forbid Sadie from adding more dye to her hair.
Update 1 from Sadie’s father:
“After the purple faded, we proceeded to dye red streaks. The school has said NOTHING regarding the red!”
Update 2 from Sadie’s father:
Thanks again! We have another student that tried to dye her hair a natural color but it turned out green. Same school!
She was told by the school that she cannot return until it was back to normal. Her father went to the school to fight it and they are letting her come back as long as it’s fading!
The good news is that more are standing up for the right to freely express! Soon more will do the same and we will prevail!
Your support is awesome!
The girl and her parents parents plan to continue the fight. They want to remove this restriction on free expression. Learn more.
Her parents are right — this issue is more about free expression, than some hair dye. The gov’t admins can’t stand to see someone act like a free individual, a free thinker.
If other students were in fact distracted by someone’s hair style or clothing or car, the admins should speak to those students who may be suffering from envy or boredom or a failure to concentrate. These are the students who need help. Outside of schools, people have purple hair. A person who cannot produce when faced with purple hair will find it difficult to earn a living.
Hopefully, more students will choose to express themselves with their hair.Â Wax, dye, close cuts, braids — all of these options can create some individual style.