Originally Posted by TeamBoone
Oh Yachtzee... have you been around young people lately? To tell you the truth, a lot of intelligent kids are discriminated against... it happens all the time; they are ridiculed and made fun of.
It's not like this girl dyed her hair purple with streaks of red and blue, nor does she have multiple piercings or tatoos (at least if she does, they don't show in the picture).
Kids want to fit in, be part of the crowd, while retaining their individuality. She's a cute girl with some auburn streaks in her hair. Would they have done this if she had brown hair and streaked it blond?
Kids were the same when I was in high school. If you wanted to be accepted, you had to hide the fact that you were intelligent and could think for yourself. I did it too after a "friend" in the 6th grade told me, after I got an A on an exam, that he would hate to be me because I was "too smart." The next thing you know, you start shooting for A minuses and B pluses just to avoid being "too smart." Then you start making fashion choices you will later regret because you see other kids wearing the same stuff. Yet when your parents object to those choices, you claim that you are just "expressing yourself." Repeat this cycle through grades 6-12 and you have the American Youth Experience.
I really don't have a problem with her hair and I think it's silly that they pulled her from class for it. But I also think she is misguided in believing that putting a red streak in her hair is somehow a mark of individuality. If anything, it's a symbol of the herd mentality of kids in general. But the school's reasoning is just as lame. Since when is a dye job distracting? And from the picture, the red streak is barely noticeable.