Think Pink

I read this story over at Annette’s blog, Fun With Play-Dough, and was flabbergasted.

When students at our school get suspended, they’ve usually done something heinous, like get into fist-fights, bring illegal drugs, porn, or some such.

Not like 11-year old Natasha Rzanca, who was suspended for

— get this —

having her hair dyed pink. Her mum did it; they thought it was fun.  (Because it is.)

Suspended for pink hair. WTF?!


  1. Beau said,

    7 February 2009 at 7:01

    I’ve heard some stupid things in my life, but this… wow.

  2. Ettina said,

    3 February 2009 at 20:47

    I think it’s just an excuse to exert their control over her.

  3. Em said,

    3 February 2009 at 18:29

    Schools make such ridiculous decisions when it comes to discipline. Hair color has no bearing on how that girl would learn. Sending her home was dumb.

  4. 3 February 2009 at 4:04

    I think the usual argument is, “Oh, but it will be distracting to other students.”

    Ludicrous. I had classmates with varying sorts of hair styles when I was a teenager way back when–including at least one who dyed her hair pink, and another who dyed her hair blue. Also, one who got her hair cut in a very unusual style that I can’t even begin to describe — just that it was very complex, not symmetrical (one side longer than the other), but kinda nice and quite unique.

    Was all this variation in hair color and styles eye-catching? When you consider that pink hair, blue hair, etc. was much more of a novelty in the 1980s than it is now — yes. But was it distracting? No. I got used to it, as with anything else.

    I just don’t get why the school is making such a fuss. Aren’t there more important things to worry about?

  5. 3 February 2009 at 3:33

    That is bloody stupid. It’s pretty much a sign that society isn’t doing so well: it’s not a school’s job to tell a kid what colour to have his/her hair coloured – it’s the school’s job to teach the kid how to become a good citizen. That would not happen in a Finnish school. I know I often rail against the system here, and just about all of it is deserved; but I also recognise where it gets something right.

    Finnish schools have no dress codes: they know they don’t need them.

    Finnish schools have no hair colour codes: they know they don’t need them.

    Being ‘in uniform’ does not guarantee better learning; but being relaxed and happy will go towards an enjoyable learning experience.

    As you say: what the f*ck?!

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