Kamryn, a 9-year-old from Grand Junction, Colorado, decided to support her friend who was going through chemotherapy by shaving her own head. But she wasn’t allowed to show her solidarity—the school has banned her from attending, claiming that her bald pate violated the dress code.
Delaney, a student at Caprock Academy, had just begun chemo for neurblastoma, a childhood cancer. She was relieved to have a friend standing by her through the ordeal.
“I was really excited I would have somebody to support me and I wouldn’t be alone with people always laughing at me. I would at least have somebody to go through it all,” Delaney told KDVR.
"It felt like the right thing to do," Kamryn told 9News.com.
But the school told Kamryn that she had to wear a wig or come back when her hair grew back, since a shaved head violated the school’s dress code.
Delaney's mom, Wendy Campbell, was surprised that school officials wouldn’t make an exception for Kamryn.
"I didn't realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school," Campbell said. "For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement and it builds character in a child."
Kamryn’s mother told the station that the elementary school’s board of directors would be meeting to discuss the policy, which states that shaved heads are not permitted since they do not promote “safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students,” according to an administrator’s statement.
“It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did, but now that she didn't get to, she's kind of sad," Delaney said.
Kamryn has been invited back to school Tuesday, bald head and all.