School Suspends Kindergartner Ethan Clos for Having a Short Mohawk

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A kindergartner in Ohio was suspended last week for cutting his hair into a very short mohawk, as administrators at Reid Primary and Middle School said it was too disruptive.

Ethan Clos, 5, was sent home on Wednesday and told not to return to school until he had cut his hair into a tamer style.

Keshia Castle, the boy's mother, was furious that he was sent home. He had begged her all spring break to cut his hair into the mohawk, and she finally let him get it.

His classmates loved the style.

"They seen his hair like it was," she said, "All the little kids were going over and feeling on it and everything."

According to superintendent Gregg Morris, that's why they had to send Clos home.

"Our dress and grooming policies are designed to ensure that clothing and hairstyles do not cause a distraction to the learning environment," Morris said.

"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."

Joyce Wells, the boy's grandmother, joins his mother in thinking they overreacted to his style, especially because the mohawk was not the typical spiky one.

"I could understand if it was colored, and if it stood up longer off his head, but I don't see nothing wrong with this," she said.

The cut is similar to celebrity kids' hair, like Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Willow Smith. Madonna's son David Banda and David Beckham's son Cruz also have similar cuts. 

The style includes sides that are cut close instead of shaved bare, and the strip of hair on the top is a little longer.

Morris was asked why the boy was sent home when the school district's high school football coach was allowed to wear a blond-tipped mohawk to motivate his team.

Morris said that the situations are entirely different.

"One involved an extracurricular spirit initiative designed to motivate our kids in the football playoffs a year ago," Morris said. "Classrooms were not disrupted. The other poses a disruption to the learning environment as well as violates the student dress code."

Ethan will go back to school after he gets his head shaved, but his mother still insists he shouldn't have been suspended.

"He's a 5-year-old little boy who chose to wear his hair a certain way," she said. 

Sources: Yahoo, WhioTV