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School forces child to shave military-style haircut

McMINNVILLE, Tenn. -- A military style haircut earned seven-year-old Adam Stinnett a trip to the principal's office at Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School.

Adam's older brother Justin is a soldier who has served in Afghanistan, so little brother decided he too wanted a "high and tight" hairstyle. But the school called it a distraction and forced his mom to shave the child's head after sending a note home with Adam.

Adam's mother, Amy Stinnett, says she told the school the haircut was not a Mohawk, that it was a military haircut. "Well, we're not a military school and that it has to be cut or he cannot return to school until it is," was the response Stinnett says was given to her by the school.

Schools director Bobby Cox wouldn't comment on this case, but said the district doesn't have a policy against military haircuts and it's up to each school to determine if a haircut is distracting.

Bobby Ray Memorial was named in honor of a soldier from McMinnville who was killed in Vietnam.
Adam says he just wants his old haircut back. His mother just wants an apology and says she won't rest until she gets one.

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