GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KKCO) – The Caprock Academy Board of Directors, in Grand Junction, Colorado voted 3-1 to allow a little girl who shaved her head to return to school.
The story gained national attention after her bold move got her kicked out of class.
The school’s dress code policy states that students are not allowed to have a shaved head.
In an executive session on Tuesday night, the board voted to allow and exception for what they call “an extraordinary cause worthy of our highest regard.”
The story was all over social media on Monday and Tuesday and was picked up by several national news outlets including Yahoo News, ABC News, FOX and NBC.
Kamryn Renfro shaved her head in support of her friend, Delaney Clements – who is battling Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, and relapsed in January.
The chemotherapy used to treat her condition has made all of the 11-year-old’s hair fall out, and as a sign of solidarity with her friend, Renfro asked her parents to shave her head too.
“It felt like the right thing to do,” says Renfro.
“For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I think it was a huge statement,” says Celement’s mother, Wendy Campbell. “It builds character.”
What they didn’t know was Renfro’s bold move and the impending decision by her school would go viral.
They won’t let me go back to school because of my shaved head!”
Renfro is a third grader at Caprock Academy, a charter school in Grand Junction. In a letter sent to parents on Monday, the school says they have a detailed dress code policy created to allow a safe, non-distracting environment for student. They say they are aware Renfro shaved her head for a good cause, however under their policy, shaved heads are not permitted.
The girls’ mothers took to Facebook with their dilemma, and a social media firestorm ensued. Parents from across Western Colorado chimed in, many disgusted with the school’s decision.
“She didn’t shave her head to be a part of a gang or a rebel,” says Grand Junction mother of two, Corrina Shirley. “She shaved her head to show her friend that she wasn’t alone.”