Emily Pridham, 15, stood out when she showed up at Mount Alvernia College in Brisbane, Australia with a shaven head. She was suspended for violating the school’s dress code, even though she shaved her head to raise money for cancer research — her father is dying of cancer.
Emily shaved her head as part of her effort to cope with her father battling leukemia. He is given only a few months to live.
The school has now banned her until her hair grows back. Local media received a statement that she was suspended for breaching the college’s uniform guidelines and had been suspended because of “ongoing issues”.
In this statement the college contests the account of the discipline but does not offer any explanation for it.
I can understand that there might be other issues. However, since the school recognizes that it knew of her father’s condition, I wonder if they were so serious as to add this burden only months before her father is expected to die.
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