WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) — A Utah school removed a teenage girl from class because they say that her dyed hair is too distracting.
The Spectrum reports that Hurricane Middle School officials told 15-year-old Rylee MacKay that her red hair was not “in the spectrum of color that grows naturally” because it looked pink and purple in the sunlight.
“They brought me into the office and told me (my hair) had to be changed by the next day,” MacKay told The Spectrum. “They told me I could finish my week’s worth (of school work) in the office so nobody could see me.”
Rylee’s parents each received phone calls about their daughter’s hair after she was brought into the office.
“They said the hair color is not acceptable, and if she didn’t fix it, I would have to pick her up right then,” Matt MacKay, Rylee’s father, told The Spectrum.
Roy Hoyt, the school’s principal, says parents sign a policy disclosure prior to the beginning of the school year, which includes the school’s policy about hair.
“We try to consistently and fairly uphold district policies,” Hoyt told The Spectrum. “When students are out of compliance with the dress code, we attempt to find a resolution. Students are welcome to return to class when the issue has been satisfactorily resolved.”
Amy MacKay, Rylee’s mother, says they will try to “tone down” her daughter’s hair so she can return to school on Monday.