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Straight-A Student Pulled From Class Over Hair Color. Before clicking over to this story and seeing the picture, I couldn’t imagine what this young woman’s hair was going to look like — what does it take these days to be “distracting” to others in the classroom?

Based on the picture below, these school administrators at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, Missouri must be living under a rock somewhere to think this is outrageous:


Kristen McCorkle’s hair looks like simple, cute, colorful highlights; how does this impede learning? Are the students of Bueker that easily distracted?

School officials said there is a rule at Bueker that hairstyles that are distracting to the educational process are not allowed.

“Doing this is taking away from people’s individuality,” student Kristen McCorkle said. The 14-year-old, who is a straight-A student, said the school’s assistant principal told her she had to go to in-school suspension and that she would be there until her hair is fixed.

…”I don’t feel that her hair is out of control,” said Tim McCorkle, the girl’s father. “It’s definitely not outside of the boundaries that we have established here in the home.”

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Robert Gordon, said he was alerted to the situation Tuesday afternoon.

“This, as I understand it, is a matter of interpretation. I believe the assistant principal was doing what he felt was in the best interest of the kids,” Gordon said.

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