Sixteen-year-old Hayleigh Black was forced to miss the first day of school because the principal thought she'd distract students … with her hair [via WUSA9]. Black dyes her hair a deep red, but nothing that would blind bystanders or cause car accidents, and she's been doing it for three years. It's never been a problem before.
According to the Muscle Shoals City Schools, students can be sent home for having "disruptive hair style or color." Apparently this color that many people have naturally means students can't learn. (Aside: When I renew my driver's license, I am going to list my eye and hair color as "disruptive.")
Black is an A/B student in the marching band who has never had any problems in school. She plans on changing her hair color so she won't miss any more class time, even though she and her family are confused about this sudden enforcement of the policy.
Honestly, even if she had green hair, I can't imagine a fellow sophomore staring at her head so intently that he couldn't possibly pay attention in class. Cool rule, Muscle Shoals.