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Teen Punished By School After Shaving Her Head for Charity

Society & Culture  (tags: altruism, generosity, teenagers, schools, education )

- 397 days ago -
Niamh Baldwin was praised by family and friends for the courageous deed, but unfortunately, administrators at Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance, England, didn't feel the same.


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Animae C (507)
Friday January 12, 2018, 6:31 pm
Time for a new school!!!

Ellie M (3)
Friday January 12, 2018, 9:21 pm

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 3:41 am
Why don't they get her a wig or allow a scarf?
Why does the school HAVE such a "personal choice" rule? Do they have skinhead problems in that area? (I can't think of any other "justification") They should have flexibility to allow exceptions IF they have such a rule - are they also going to reject any kid under chemotherapy?????

It sounds like "little Hitler" rule-making ...

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 4:28 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 11:33 am
That's insane. She has rights. Thanks Feya

Lone F (58)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 12:14 pm
Give the brave girl a brake already!

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 3:41 am
Some schools prove to be so narrow minded and ridicuolus with some strict rules.

S J (130)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 4:51 am
I am very proud of you Naomi, well done! And you can grow your hair back to the 'acceptable length ' out of that stupid school. School should be a place to encourage our kids to be courageous and selfless when it comes to help any good cause. Meows meow Freya

Roberto MARINI (88)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 7:49 am
thanks for posting this article, noted

Sue H (7)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 8:32 am
Seriously disturbing.

. (0)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 11:17 am
Seriously ridiculous, sad rules...

. (0)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 11:23 am
Baldwin had broken school rules, regardless of her good deed". Yea, Teach the students, you don't want decent, caring, tenderhearted students at this school. They Enforced the rules and showed they are unable to use discretion or common sense. Great Lesson!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 2:07 pm

Ridiculous, idiotic and arrogant school.

Richard A (2)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 2:17 pm

Thank you.

Joy M (167)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 3:34 pm
Ridiculous! Noted..

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:23 pm
Yup, idiocy abounds! Someone needs to take the school to school.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 15, 2018, 3:36 am
How can anyone - school or not - tell you how to wear your hair?
Schools would do better to examine their teaching standards instead

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 15, 2018, 5:32 am
This is what happens when rules get laid in cement and people lose all ability to think for themselves.

The school could have a wonderful teaching moment of what compassion is and that although we have rules in this situation, compassion triumphs over them.

This is the fascist crap we are getting in the USA in public schools, everyone having to look like everyone else, no sense of individuality, schools more focused on testing and dictating what children will wear or look like rather then bringing out their creative selves and inspiring them to love learning for the sake of learning

Winn Adams (179)
Monday January 15, 2018, 8:38 am
Morons are running that school.

ewoud k (68)
Monday January 15, 2018, 10:58 am
Instead they should have thanked her for giving her hair.....

Thank you, Niamh!

For the rest: no comment..... ( !! )

Donna G (42)
Monday January 15, 2018, 4:17 pm
When I was in high school, there were dress codes for both male and female students, including hair. Boys could have longish hair as long as it did not go past the collar. Boys could where slacks or jeans as long as they were not tight. Girls could where dresses or skirts, no slacks or jeans. I do remember one student who showed up to school with his hair in a style that did not fit the regulations. He was not in any of my classes and I did not know him personally; so, I do not recall his motivation. He had shaved the sides of his head and put some lacquer type hair spray on the remaining hair and combed it so that the hair stood up away from his head. Back then the Principal called it a Mohawk. The boy got suspended until his hair had grown out.

Would it have made a difference if the boy had met with the principal and his teachers and explained why he wanted to cut his hair into that style? It's possible; but, I don't know for sure. Reading the article just brought back that memory.

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday January 15, 2018, 4:33 pm
So this will just discourage kids from doing a good deed, because they will be punished for it!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 15, 2018, 4:41 pm
stand with Niamh!!!

thank you Freya...

Sheila D (28)
Monday January 15, 2018, 7:38 pm
It's disturbing to me how they come up with some of these rules. What if she had cancer and lost all her hair? What if she had been born without hair? The school needs to rethink their policies.

Janis K (129)
Wednesday January 17, 2018, 6:51 am
Thanks for sharing.

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Thursday January 18, 2018, 9:38 am
Great job, Niamh! Do not let shortsighted idiots keep you from doing what you think right.

Angela J (61)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 8:19 pm

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Monday June 18, 2018, 1:30 am
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