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Mid-state H.S. honor student sent home for hair color

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Dress code enforcement in Smithville school is sparking debate tonight. One mother is speaking out after she says Dekalb County High School kept her 11th grade student out of class because of the color of her hair. Sara Fultz says the strict dress policy doesn't stop with her daughter's hair, impacting other students in various ways.

Every school year, DCHS students like Nicole Fultz, expect to learn something new.

But the 16-year-old honor student says she learned from Principal Randy Jennings two days into the school year...

That my hair was a distraction. The same hair color I've had for four years was a distraction. Day 3 ended up being the day I got kicked out of school," she says.

Her mother, Sara Fultz explains, "It's not crazy red hair. So I had to leave work and drove up to the school and spoke with Mr. Jennings. I have to spend money to make her hair a different color ...other wise she can't come back? and he said 'yes.' If my husband wouldn't have had some money saved up, she would've been out of school until I had the money to get her hair colored. It has a ripple effect on families."

The mother says it took several salon hours to meet the school's DRESS POLICY.

The 11th grader says, "Now people are asking why did I have to undo my hair? Why did I have to dye it? Now people are getting distracted. No one cared before. Now people are getting in an uproar because everybody is having to do it. Everybody is having to wear different clothes, different hairstyles, different hair colors."

Randy Jennings sent Fox 17 this statement: "The school dress code is basically the same as in previous years, we are simply enforcing the dress code that is in the student handbook."

"Nobody should wear shorts or shirts that show off too much because it's disrespectful...When you pull someone out into the hall and measure their shirt sleeve, or how short their shorts are...That creates a distraction. Teenagers get bullied enough in high school as it is.," says Sara Fultz.

Her daughter adds, "Honestly I am more worried about getting 'dress coded' now...than my grades."


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