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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.

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

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"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.

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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.

Contact Julie Kliegman at Julie.Kliegman@buzzfeed.com.

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