School orders teen to cut hair he's been growing for Locks of Love charity

POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:04pm

Zachery Aufderheide is close to reaching a personal goal.

"If I could just give the chance for one kid to have a normal life, then I'm just going to go for it," the Canton South High School Junior says.

He's about an inch away from donating a healthy head of hair to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love uses donated hair of a certain length to create hairpieces for kids struggling with hair loss, due to cancer and other illnesses.

The only thing standing in the way of Zach's goal to donate to the organization for a second time is the school's dress code.

The code maintains that male students hair must be kept above the shirt collar.

On Monday, Zachary was called to the principal's office for violating the school's code.

"What he's doing is against board policy. The decision on this one, tough as it was, was to follow the board policies written," said School Board President John Martin.

Zach says that three weeks into the new school year he was told he would have to cut it.

He says he explained to staff and the Canton Local Schools' board back in September what he planned to do with the hair.

"If it's already this close, if I cut it now, it would just be a waste of time," Zachary said.

According to Aufderheide, they seemed sympathetic, but later decided to uphold the dress code requiring him to cut his hair or face disciplinary action.

Zachary's mother says she received a phone call from the principal Monday, stating her son would serve two days of in-school suspension starting Tuesday.

"It's just hair. I know it's in the school handbook contract. I know it's in the school policy. But it is just hair. What harm can hair do?" Zachary said.

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