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A Boy Who Got A Military Haircut In Honor Of His Stepbrother Was Sent Home From School For It

The elementary schooler was sent home with a note from the principal that the haircut was a "distraction."

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His mother, Amy Stinnell, said he came home with a note from the principal explaining he wouldn't be allowed to return to school until he changed his hairstyle, so she shaved her son's head.

The 7-year-old had what's known in the military as a high and tight cut.


He asked his mother for the haircut to honor his stepbrother, Justin, a soldier who has served in Afghanistan.

"He looks up to Justin a lot and he wants to be like him, and the hair cut was a way to show his appreciation and his love toward his step brother," Stinnell said,

Each school in the Warren County district independently determines which haircuts are inappropriate for students.

The district director said that military styles aren't explicitly banned, as a general rule.

Neither Warren County Schools nor Amy Stinnett returned BuzzFeed News' requests for comment.

Julie Kliegman is a News Fellow and is based in New York.

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