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Students' Hair Causes Big Drama at Schools

Students' Hair Causes Big Drama at Schools

Lots of little girls play with their hair, but one Milwaukee first grader experienced a harsh punishment for doing so. LaMya Cammon, a 7-year-old at Congress Elementary School, said that her teacher snipped off one of her braids when she wouldn't stop playing with them in class. The girl's mother, Helen Cunningham, isn't happy with the teacher, asking, "Why would we want someone like that teaching our kids?" LaMya has been moved to another class, and police gave the teacher a $175 ticket for disorderly conduct.

But that isn't the only hair-based drama to unfold for students in the past month. To find out about a child who's too young for kindergarten but not too young for a suspension,


Four-year-old Taylor Pugh may be kicked out of pre-Kindergarten today due to his hair, which reaches his shirt collar. Long hair is forbidden by his Dallas-area public school's dress code, but his family points to its Native American heritage as one reason that Taylor wears his hair longer. Right now, the boy is isolated in an in-school suspension that allows him to take classes away from other students. Today, he may be kicked out of school completely.

Both of these stories depress me because they didn't need to happen. Couldn't LaMya's teacher have called her mother to discuss the distracting behavior or disciplined the girl in a different way? Cutting a girl's hair like that is wrong on so many levels. And I don't understand the logic of denying a little boy his education simply because his hair isn't cut more conservatively. But that's just me. If you were the parents or teachers of these kids, how would you handle these situations?

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Lyv Lyv 7 years
Wow and WOW. Mrs. Scissor-hands there shouldn't be getting a fine, she should have her teaching license revoked... as for the other school, I'd sue them. There's nothing more adorable than young boys with long hair, and more importantly, there's no coherent reason to demand boys cut their hair as part of a school dress code.
Characterization Characterization 7 years
I don't understand how anyone can isolate a child (or any person) because of their appearance.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
i cannot believe a teacher cut a students hair and all she got was ticket!?!?!?! wtf????
CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 7 years
I remember playing with my braids and the teacher telling me to stop, so I did. There was no point in cutting the girl's hair. Frustration is not an excuse!
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
actually, I should have said battery.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
Um, that's assault. and all she got was a $175 fine? WTF? And a dresscode forbidding long hair on boys in a PUBLIC school is ridiculous. Private schools, whatever, they can do what they want. But it's a PUBLIC SCHOOL. I agree with Bella - forbidding provocative clothing is one thing. But a little boy with long hair? What if it was forbidding a girl to have short hair?
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
SMH. It’s so sad because she’s just a little girl and the teacher had no right to even touch her, and her reason was because she was frustrated. Well I guess you picked the wrong job then. The mother should take the teacher to court, because this is just ridiculous. Her punishment should be worse than what it is. Just another story of some of the crazy stuff that goes on in Milwaukee. And the teacher didn't even take responsibility to what she did. The MPS (Milwaukee Public School) Board just had a meeting to address this issue last night. The teacher just got a slap on the wrist that fine is basically nothing. The teacher should be removed or suspended from the school. Moving the girl to a different class room is not enough; she still may have contact with that teacher & be reminded of the embarrassment & be mortified all over again.
weniamrdy weniamrdy 7 years
The reason I liked this story is that the teacher was exposed for what she really is.... That she is a woman who 1)Should not be in a classroom and 2)ASSAULTED a first grade child because SHE was FRUSTRATED??? Oh Mother of God help me ..if it had been one of mine or actually God would have to have helped her. This story has made me so damned angry. She did actually according to law assault this little one and with a weapon (scissors!) Without ANY doubt she should be immediately suspended from any classroom until this school board gets it 's act together and fires her . Then I honestly believe her Mother should mention while she is being interviewed on for instance the Nancy Grace Show, at the end of her next interview she should clearly state that she would appreciate Nancy or any one of the shows attorneys to recommend a lawyer to sue the teacher & the school.. the district .. heck sue them ALL! lol Seriously this little gal was terrorized and humiliated to boot.. Grrr makes me so mad & yet also so sad... Liz
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Flickster, the boy is being taught alone, isolated and separate from the other children. So he's still being educated, but not like other children. My problem with the dress code is that it's a public school. What if there aren't any other schools nearby? Should the boy lose access to education simply because he has long hair? Private schools can have restrictive dress codes, but I can't see any reason that a public school should be able to keep a child from learning because he has long hair. And I think the dress code is ridiculous in the first place. Forbidding certain provocative clothing (short shorts, shirts with racist or sexist slogans) seems within reason, but I don't think it's a school's place to tell a child how he can or can't wear his hair. I'm all for following smart rules, but I'd challenge a pointless one. Why do I keep wanting to say "I am Spartacus"? ;)
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
Yeah i agree with 55ugg. I would not put my children in an environtment where a strict no long hair restriction is socially acceptable. I always knew i'd never leave the west coast. ahahaha. Yeah there were plenty of things this teacher should have done before cutting a child's hair. Also about the long hair sitch: it says he can "take classes away from other children" What do they mean by that? his in school suspension requires him to be in a class all by himself? why don't they just send him home? That makes no sense, even in the crazy conservative mindset.
sham28 sham28 7 years
And 6, you scare me. And my future children.
sham28 sham28 7 years
What a phenomenal waste of space these teachers are. Grow up and don't take your frustrations out on children.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I'm ignoring Anonymous #6 as it's finals week and I have no patience for people like #6. My mom and I were horrified that the teacher only received a $175 fine. If I had the decision, the teacher would have gotten a much bigger fine and I'd be seriously thinking about firing that teacher. I will say, as someone who was very unruly (I have Autism), if I were being disrespectful, my teachers would walk me calmly to my behavioral therapist or counselor who worked at the school I was attending at the moment. I grew up moving place-to-place due to my dad being in the military, but my mom made sure guidelines were in place for me. I've been to the principal's office very few times, and none were for disrespectful behavior. If a counselor or my b.t were available, I went to my speech therapist. If she weren't there, I would go to the nurse and have quiet time. A teacher shouldn't be allowed to get away with assaulting a child, which is what that teacher did. I hope that little 7-year-old isn't too emotionally scarred from this incident.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I'm going to ignore Anonymouse 6, it's been a long day. A $175 fine? That's it? A moving violation costs more than that! I say $500 fine and the unemployment line is a more fit punishment. But maybe I just have a little personal vendetta against school teachers. Mine were cruel growing up. I'll never forget the time a kid sprayed me with pepper spray and the vice principal interrogated me like I murdered someone, or the time when a teacher treated me like the scum on her shoe and sent me in a crying fit for days. That incident was scarring! But I nothing tops the cutting a students hair. If that was my kid, I would have pressed charges. That's just cruel and I hope the teacher loses her job.
azulsky azulsky 7 years
Anonymous #6, usually when a child is being 'Bratty' as you called there is this placed called the Principal's Office where they get sent. If this adult who is trained to deal with children couldn't handle it, got no response, was frustrated, then she should have, sent the child to the Principal or Vice Principal, counselor, their are guidelines in place for a reason.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Anonymous #6, are you serious? I don't care if the kid took a bat and hit the teacher; an adult should NEVER do something like that to a child. It's abuse and it's not acceptable!
redrover189 redrover189 7 years
Anonymous, you've got to be joking, right? Taking responsibility? They're children! You know who should be responsible for their actions? An adult teacher. Not a child. A teacher has gone to school to be trained to become a teacher. They've made the choice to work with young, impressionable and at times, reasonably (i.e. normal high energy) unruly children. If an adult isn't able to handle the encouragement, mentoring and disciplining of children in a constructive, kind and patient manner, then they chose the wrong job. This is so far out of the realm of appropriate, I can't even comprehend it. I'm from MKE, and believe me, MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) have some serious issues, but honestly, a teacher cutting off a little girl's braid? That's psychotic - I'd have some questions about the safety of the rest of the kids in class! And I'll tell you right now, I'd be throwing a fit if my baby's teacher jacked up her hair like that. Awful.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Anonymous #6, that doesn't excuse anything. Who was the adult in this situation? You take misbehaving kids out of class, you contact their parents, you don't take scissors to their hair.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Talk about overstepping boundaries
gecorgrl gecorgrl 7 years
Crazy and agree.. This school and teacher should have action taken and not just a slap on the hand. So just move the student and not the teacher? To me this says you may do this again. So what's the teachers next move? Im sure she wil do again, and then what? If a parent take this in their own hands and then is when something will be done, to that parent I'm sure.
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