Girl suspended in head-shaving act of support
The widely shared story of a Caprock Academy student who was not allowed to go to school after shaving her head in solidarity with a friend battling childhood cancer drew sympathy and outrage Monday on social media.
The story got enough attention to lead the charter school’s board of directors to call a special meeting to discuss the situation. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. today at the school at 714 24 1/2 Road. Board members will discuss in a closed session the possibility of making an exception to a school policy that disallows male or female students from coming to class with a shaved head. Board members are expected to vote publicly on a waiver for the policy after the closed session.
Caprock is a state-affiliated, public charter school so it is not governed by the District 51 School Board.
Caprock Headmaster Kristin Trezise declined to be interviewed when contacted at the school Monday. Caprock Board of Directors Chairwoman and President Catherine M. Norton Breman released a statement Monday afternoon through Trezise announcing the special meeting. In the statement, Norton Breman confirmed shaved heads are not permitted by the school’s dress code policy, “which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.” She added exceptions to the policy may be made “under exigent and extraordinary circumstances.”
While the letter did not mention a student’s name, it alluded to the story, spread across Facebook Monday, that Caprock student Kamryn Renfro had her head shaved over the weekend to show support for her friend Delaney Clements, a Grand Junction girl diagnosed in 2010 with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Kamryn was then told she could not return to school until her hair grew back due to a violation of the dress code. Posts about the incident were often accompanied by a photo showing a bald girl believed to be Kamryn posing with Delaney.
Jamie Olson Renfro, believed to be the girl’s mother, posted on social media Monday that she was trying to get the school’s board of directors to add exceptions to the dress code rule about shaved heads so her daughter can return to school.
“Words can not express how humbled my family is from all the support that our friends, family, and even people we have never met before, have shown us through this ordeal that we started (Sunday) evening,” she wrote.
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UPDATE 9:45 a.m: Girl allowed to return to school; mother seeks policy change
A Caprock Academy student who was held out of school Monday because she violated the dress code by shaving her head in support of a friend battling childhood cancer was allowed to return to school this morning.
“She got up, got ready, and held her head high as she walked into her classroom this morning. To say her dad and I are proud, is a total understatement,” Jamie Renfro, the mother of Kamryn Renfro, posted on her Facebook page this morning.
In a Facebook posting Monday evening, Jamie Renfro said she doesn’t blame the school or the board of directors and insists her family’s top priority is to get the school’s policy changed.