Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hayleigh Black and Muscle Shoals High School Made Cosmo!!,….


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.

Hayleigh Black

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.

Cosmo's article


  1. One of the comments on the Cosmo story was this:

    you should come to my school in Australia. we arent allowed to dye our hair at all. or have it down, no make up or nail polish either....

    Kinda puts a new prospective on it, doesn't it?

    However, I can't believe that the silly new principal bothered with this. He must be trying to prove he's da' man. ::::eyeroll:::: He must have a Barney Fife complex going on. Citizen's arrest!! Citizen's arrest!!

  2. Well,... in all fairness to Chad Holden the principal,... he is only trying to go by the written rules in their handbook. He didn't write those rules but as an admin, his hands are somewhat tied to enforcing them. The rules need to be changed/amended. Kids do not care what your hair color is. That is simply not distracting to them.

  3. I agree that Chad doesn't set the rules, but I disagree that his hands are tied here. Considering Hayleigh has been attending school "distracting" hair and all for the past two years without issue, I don't see why he chose this course of action. Though it is certainly getting a lot of attention, I am not sure this is how he would have really wanted to introduce himself as a principal..... As for the Cosmo comment on Australian schools, so what. There are tons of private schools in the US with specific dress code for hair style & length, makeup, hair color, and body modifications. These are mostly private schools (like my alma mater) and enforcing those specific rules is much simpler than vague concepts such as "distracting". Subjective rules are tricky. To punish this student now, after years of allowing the same behavior boggles my mind.