A kindergartner was sent home from school because of his Mohawk haircut, reports WHIO-TV. The boy’s mother was told by school officials that the haircut was a distraction and that her 5-year-old son, Ethan Clos, cannot return to the classroom until he gets rid of it.
Ethan got his haircut over spring break, and many of his classmates like it. According to his mother, “All the little kids were going over and feeling on it and everything.”
The school superintendent said the hairstyle violates district rules. According to him, “Our policy clearly states that any dress or grooming which is disruptive or distracting to the educational process is not acceptable. In this particular case, the student’s hairstyle did provide disruption to the classroom.”
In an odd twist, Ethan’s suspension comes after a Shawnee High School football coach was profiled in the Springfield News-Sun for wearing a blond mohawk in 2011 and 2009 in order to motivate his team. When the superintendent was asked why the coach could sport the mohawk and Ethan could not, he responded that the two situations don’t compare to one another.