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#1 Posted by umbrafeline (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

Unnatural? Rylee MacKay was kept out of class because of her hair color. (Photo: MacKay family via Facebook)In the past few months, schools have banned everything from yoga pants and Ugg boots to birthday candles and peanut butter sandwiches. But one Utah middle school is cracking down on hair color—even if the color in question isn't a garish blue or green but just a dark shade of red.

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After being kicked out of class last week for dyeing her brown hair auburn, an honors student at a Utah middle school has been allowed to return to school—but only after she toned down her hair color.

Though Rylee MacKay, 15, had been dyeing her hair the same shade every six weeks since September, it wasn't until earlier this month that the school took issue with the color. On Feb. 4, Hurricane Middle School vice principal Jan Goodwin spotted Rylee in the halls and ordered her into the office. She had just had her hair touched up two days earlier.

The Washington County School District dress code states that "Hair, including beards, mustaches and sideburns, should be groomed so that it is neat and clean. Hair color must be a naturally occurring color; i.e. red, brown, black, blonde." And while Rylee's stylist had assured her that her new color complied with the dress code, Goodwin felt that Rylee's auburn-hued hair didn't look natural enough.

"In the light he said it was pinkish-purplish," Rylee told KUTV. "He told me to have it fixed by the next day or I couldn't come back to school."

But she didn't want to dye her hair back to brown—and her mother refused to make her.

"I absolutely am not going to dye it brown. That is not an option," Amy MacKay told Utah news station KSL.com on Sunday. Rylee had a hard time with the family's move to Hurricane two and a half years ago, MacKay said, and when she was finally allowed to dye her hair last year she felt better about herself. "My daughter feels beautiful with the red hair. Changing her hair really changed her; she really blossomed," she explained. "And now I have to say, 'No, sorry, you have to dye it brown?' I'm not going to change it back."

MacKay said that the district's hair policy is too open to interpretation. "It's totally his opinion whether it's too bright or not," she told KSL.com. "There's no set standard, no hair palette you can look at and say, 'OK, I'll go with that red'."

But school officials insist that the rules are not arbitrary.

"We deal with dress code issues nearly every day, specifically hair issues maybe once per week," Hurricane Middle School Principal Dr. Roy Hoyt, explained to Yahoo! Shine in an interview on Tuesday. "Most of the time it is a situation where students color their own hair and it doesn't come out as they had intended."

"Most of time it is a judgement call for the administration," Hoyt added. "This student's hair did not meet the expectation of naturally colored hair. We apply this standard consistently to all students and nearly every parent is supportive."

After four days of washing her hair at home, Rylee's hair had faded enough to be acceptable to school administrators, and she was allowed back in class. "All I wanted to do was just get back to school," she told KUTV on Monday. Hoyt confirmed that Rylee's hair now met school standards, even though she hadn't re-dyed it.

"We are small school in a conservative community," he told Yahoo! Shine. "While this policy may seem restrictive, it does establish a behavioral expectation. When these standards/expectations are established and enforced for seemingly small things it provides for a school culture where more egregious offenses are less likely to occur."

Parents and former students took to Facebook to weigh in on the controversy.

"My daughter went through the same thing there last year, but they told her she could stay because there were only three days left of school," Elizabeth Ebert said in response to a local newspaper's poll about MacKay's hair color on Facebook. "However, they also told me she would have to change it back in order to start school this year."

"I went to HMS about 6 years ago and this doesn't shock me one bit," Danielle Ritchey said in response to a local newspaper's poll. "This school really needs to focus on things that matter, like drug use, sex, and peer bullying and stop those…. I'm pretty sure the long term effects of being a drug user or a teen mom are a lot worse than putting some color in one's hair."

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#2 Posted by Mr_Hudson (300 posts) - - Show Bio

This is very, very silly.

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#3 Posted by umbrafeline (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mr_Hudson: you should read the comments on yahoo about this

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#4 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1432 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm fairly certain Mormonism declares the color auburn to be the color of hell's flames and lakes of fire. I think...don't quote me on that though...might be wrong...

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#6 Posted by Mr_Hudson (300 posts) - - Show Bio

@umbrafeline said:

@Mr_Hudson: you should read the comments on yahoo about this

I shouldn't have clicked that one link.

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#7 Posted by ssejllenrad (13084 posts) - - Show Bio

@spinningbirdcake said:

I'm fairly certain Mormonism declares the color auburn to be the color of hell's flames and lakes of fire. I think...don't quote me on that though...might be wrong...

Naaaaaaah! That colour has always been black to the latter day douches.

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#8 Posted by umbrafeline (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

mitt romney finds her hair... disturbing

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#9 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2851 posts) - - Show Bio

Ban stupidity in schools

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#10 Posted by longbowhunter (9355 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah Utah, land of tolerance. I wanna know what's up with the peanut butter ban.

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#11 Posted by God_Spawn (40374 posts) - - Show Bio

@VercingetorixTheGreat said:

Ban stupidity in schools

This. This so much.

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#12 Posted by Mr_Hudson (300 posts) - - Show Bio

@god_spawn said:

@VercingetorixTheGreat said:

Ban stupidity in schools

This. This so much.

We can't go around closing all the schools.

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#13 Edited by KnightRise (4811 posts) - - Show Bio

If she needs help dying her hair again (or anything else), I'll HAPPILY fly out to Utah *EDIT: next year, didn't see her age!*

Honestly though, Yoga pants and leggings are not pants. They're awesome to look at adding an automatic +5 to any posterior, but they're not appropriate for pants...

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#14 Posted by The Stegman (34890 posts) - - Show Bio

 Wait, she's 15?? the girl looks 32.

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#15 Posted by MrDirector786 (43919 posts) - - Show Bio

That is just stupid.

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#16 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10191 posts) - - Show Bio

Serves her right

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#17 Posted by 7am_Waking_Up_In_The_Morning (3948 posts) - - Show Bio

Losing all our money spending on banning such ridiculous things.

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#18 Posted by Samimista (22254 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that's a very beautiful color on her.

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#19 Posted by Glitch_Spawn (17179 posts) - - Show Bio

I was once confronted at my high school for wearing a Dead Kennedys shirt.

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#20 Posted by Nefarious (31970 posts) - - Show Bio

That is utterly ridiculous.

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#21 Posted by consolemaster001 (6934 posts) - - Show Bio

IS THIS WHAT OUR TAX DOLLARS GO TO ?

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#22 Posted by Inverno (13757 posts) - - Show Bio
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WUT?!?

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#23 Posted by Mr_Hudson (300 posts) - - Show Bio

@consolemaster001 said:

IS THIS WHAT OUR TAX DOLLARS GO TO ?

If you live in Utah, yes.

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#24 Posted by mikethekiller (9226 posts) - - Show Bio

And these are the people we trust our children with.

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#25 Posted by 7am_Waking_Up_In_The_Morning (3948 posts) - - Show Bio

@consolemaster001 said:

IS THIS WHAT OUR TAX DOLLARS GO TO ?

YES!

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#26 Posted by Mannequin (281 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought this story was absolutely ridiculous. Since when was Auburn not a natural color?

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#27 Posted by Xanni15 (6791 posts) - - Show Bio

Rules are rules.

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#28 Posted by umbrafeline (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter said:

Ah Utah, land of tolerance. I wanna know what's up with the peanut butter ban.

many people are allergic to peanuts

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#29 Posted by mk111 (3148 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL, some schools are a bit too strict.

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#30 Posted by King Saturn (220388 posts) - - Show Bio
Stupid Azz People In Utah  !
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#31 Posted by longbowhunter (9355 posts) - - Show Bio

@umbrafeline said:

@longbowhunter said:

Ah Utah, land of tolerance. I wanna know what's up with the peanut butter ban.

many people are allergic to peanuts

This I know. What I wanna know is can the schools not serve peanut butter or is it just not allowed on school grounds at all?

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#32 Posted by umbrafeline (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter said:

@umbrafeline said:

@longbowhunter said:

Ah Utah, land of tolerance. I wanna know what's up with the peanut butter ban.

many people are allergic to peanuts

This I know. What I wanna know is can the schools not serve peanut butter or is it just not allowed on school grounds at all?

not allowed on school grounds at all

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#33 Posted by charlieboy (7175 posts) - - Show Bio

I read this earlier and I thought it was the stupidest thing I ever read. Her hair looked nice and that rule is so arbitrary. The world is getting more ignorant by the day.

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#34 Posted by satyrgod (2116 posts) - - Show Bio

A pity so many are going so overboard these days.  Even the more garish colors aren't hurting anyone (well, not in the short-term anyway.  Chemical lighteners should come with warning labels!).  And auburn is a shade that suits her.

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#35 Posted by Imagine_Man15 (1809 posts) - - Show Bio

Almost makes me glad that none of the staff in my school give a crap about their jobs and barely make any effort to enforce even the rules that make sense. Almost.

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#36 Posted by Darth Paul (292 posts) - - Show Bio

Well what do you expect from people who named their school "hurricane." I mean seriously who the heck names a school after a type of natural disaster? Plus, Utah doesn't even get hurricanes! WTF!

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#37 Posted by sesquipedalophobe (5251 posts) - - Show Bio

She should have dyed her hair pink. When my principle flipped out on me I told her flamingos have natural pink anus hairs and that I could touch hers up as well. I missed a lot of school that year.

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#38 Posted by TotalBalance (749 posts) - - Show Bio

@umbrafeline said:

@longbowhunter said:

@umbrafeline said:

@longbowhunter said:

Ah Utah, land of tolerance. I wanna know what's up with the peanut butter ban.

many people are allergic to peanuts

This I know. What I wanna know is can the schools not serve peanut butter or is it just not allowed on school grounds at all?

not allowed on school grounds at all

See, I find this utterly ridiculous. My sister has a fatal allergy to contact with nuts but I still have peanut butter all the time even when she is around, and we have never had any reaction.

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#39 Posted by Shotgun (912 posts) - - Show Bio

So? Schools all across Asia kick students out of class for dying their hair. In Asia, dying your hair is seen as a common sign of delinquency. Pretty much all of the schools here have a dress code that includes hair, girls cannot dye or curl their hair, boys cannot wear mohawks or grow their hair below their chin. Also, it's not that bad. They basically phone your mom and tell her to pick you up from the office and take you to a salon to dye it black or straighten your hair out. You can come back to class the minute you're done.

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LOL wut. This is what we're putting our money into? XD

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#41 Posted by Bushwhacker_ (597 posts) - - Show Bio

@Glitch_Spawn said:

I was once confronted at my high school for wearing a Dead Kennedys shirt.

Was it the one with JFK's head being blown off?

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#42 Posted by ARMIV2 (10004 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh, what is with all of the Political Correctness nonsense sweeping through the school systems of the world?