Created: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:01:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:57:49 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Caprock Academy school board voted 3-1 to allow the 9 year old student, who shaved her head in support of her friend’s battle with cancer, to rejoin her classmates.
Kamryn Renfro is now allowed to return without a wig despite breaking the public charter school’s strict dress code.
School officials said administrators were correct to act against Kamryn until the school board was able to vote on a personal exception for her.
“We're a classical education school. We would expect our students to engage in critical thinking, and sometimes that's going to be challenging us,” said president of Caprock Academy Catherine Norton Breman.
Not all board members agreed with this idea. The lone dissenting voice of Bill Newcomer said, “It is the responsibility on behalf of the parents [and] on behalf of the school to monitor what the children do, and if they do something that's not approved, that there are consequences to that.”
Jamie Renfro, the mother to Kamryn, said she’s pleased the board has changed their position, and has no negative feelings towards the school’s initial reaction.