Second grader Adam Stinnett is so proud of his older stepbrother–a soldier in the US Army–that he got his hair cut in the classic “high-and-tight” military style to honor him. But the principal at Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary did not approve, and sent a letter home informing Adam’s mother to shave off the military haircut or her son “could not return to school.”
Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary is in McMinnville, Tennessee.
According to WSBTV, the school informed Adam’s mother that the “haircut was a distraction” that had to be shaved off.
His mother said the order “crushed” Adam’s dreams, because he looks up to his stepbrother’s service to such a high degree. She said Adam’s haircut was “a way to show his love and appreciation” for his stepbrother, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.
Adam’s mother ignored the letter and sent her son back to school, only to receive an email from the school’s principal and a reiteration that Adam could not return until the haircut was gone.
Ironically, the Palm Beach Post reports that Adam’s school–Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary–is named for Navy Corpsman David Robert “Bobby” Ray, who jumped on a grenade to shield others during the Vietnam War.
Adam’s mother wants an apology from the school and says she “will not rest until she gets it.”
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