Hayleigh Black never made it to homeroom on her first day of school. She was sent home for distracting her fellow students…with her hair color!
She has had the same color hair for the last 3 years so you can imagine how surprised Hayleigh’s mom was when she got the call to pick her daughter up from school! "Nothing was ever said last year," said her mom, Kim Boyd. "Never got any calls, never sent home, anything saying it had to be changed up until today."
Hayleigh is an A and B student and a member of the marching band. She's represented her school on competitions and events out of state... red hair and all!
According to the student code of conduct book, it is up to the discretion of the principal or assistant principal to determine disciplinary actions pertaining to "disruptive hair style or color."
Muscle Shoals City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Lindsey, responded to the WAFF story, saying he supports the decision: "The dress code section of the Muscle Shoals High School Student Handbook states, 'Students will not be allowed to attend classes if their attire includes the following:' Item #6 specifies, 'Hair which has been dyed a bright or distractive color. Dyed hair will be permitted only if the hair is dyed a natural human color."
Hayleigh said she'll change her hair color.