Student Adam Stinnett was sent home from Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee, recently, with the school citing his haircut as a "distraction," WZTV Nashville reported.
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.
Each school in the Warren County district independently determines which haircuts are inappropriate for students.
Interestingly, Stinnett's school's namesake, David Robert "Bobby" Ray, was a U.S. soldier killed in the Vietnam War.
Amy Stinnell says she and her son are waiting for an apology from the school.
Julie Kliegman is a News Fellow and is based in New York.
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