McMINNVILLE, Tenn. — An elementary school forced a 7-year-old boy to shave his “military-style” haircut he got because he looks up to his older stepbrother, a soldier in the U.S. Army.
The haircut was high and tight, just like Adam Stinnett’s stepbrother. The next day, the boy’s mother got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School saying the school was not pleased with the second-grader’s new hairdo.
The letter told Amy Stinnett that the haircut was distracting and needed to be fixed.
“We were told that we had to either cut his hair or he could not return to school,” Stinnett said told Fox News.
Stinnett refused and was called into the principal’s office.
“I have the utmost respect for the military and its members,” the principal wrote in an email to Amy. “However, we are not a military school and the boy’s haircut is against our rules.”
Stinnett tried to reason with the principal but he refused to budge, so to fix the haircut, the boy’s head had to be shaved.
Stinnett contacted the Southern Standard newspaper about the incident, saying her son and military people were “shamed” and wanting an apology.
The Warren County School District responded to the newspaper by saying it could not comment on the incident or investigation on the advice of attorneys.