For a lot of people, their teenage years are a time to rebel and experiment with their appearance. Many people, for example, dye their hair.
For Maegan Galloway, a freshman at Bleckley County High School in Macon, Georgia, changing her hair had some consequences.
When school administrators spotted her new blue ‘do, they were unhappy about it. The assistant principal approached Galloway during lunch. "She said my hair was too distracting and I need to change it back," Galloway told 13WMAZ in a telephone interview.
She was sent home with orders to dye her hair a more natural hue. Galloway says that would seriously damage her strands.
Principal Trey Belflower told 13WMAZ that the student is not officially suspended, but declined to discuss Galloway’s case in detail.
Galloway’s friends and sister took to Twitter to protest the school’s action and started the hashtag #SaveTheBlue and encouraged students to wear blue in order to support Galloway. "She was outraged, so she and a friend started the whole thing," Galloway said about her sister.
Galloway hopes to return to school soon, but is inspired by her supporters.
"The support has been overwhelming," said Galloway. "It's been great. I didn't think that many people knew who I was."
The hashtag has provoked a myriad of responses, many of them positive. @Korey_lee554 tweeted “You're basically saying her appearance is more important than her education. Great example you're setting.” @TammyDutton01 agreed with the sentiment. “Seriously, I'm sure there is something more pressing than this girls hair color at this school.”
A poll on 13WMAZ asking whether or not students should be allowed to dye their hair unnatural colors says 56.1 percent of readers voted it should be allowed.