Howe’s hairy situation

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

HOWE -- Some students and parents in Howe are up in arms after disciplinary referrals were handed out for the length of student's hair.

Howe students say about thirty male high school students and about twenty middle school students were sent to the office on Friday and given disciplinary referrals saying if they didn't cut their hair before Tuesday, they would face in-school suspension.

Howe ISD superintendent Kevin Wilson said those numbers are exaggerated but refused to give a more accurate figure.

Howe school policy states male students cannot have hair below their collar or ear lobe. Students we spoke to say administrators typically enforce the dress code with students one at a time, but rarely on a large scale.

Wilson says each case is different, but they are following district policy.

Now some parents are asking for a change in that rule.

"I'm not saying they should have mohawks or have red hair or green hair. I'm just saying they should be able to be in style if that's what they want to be. It should be their choice, just like it is with girls," said parent Tracy Allen.

Wilson would not give an answer why multiple students were disciplined on the same issue a month before the end of the semester.

He says campus principals are in charge of enforcing the rules, and their policy is established.
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Some Howe parents say they plan to ask the school board to reconsider the policy at their meeting scheduled for next week.


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  • by anonymous Location: Howe on Sep 7, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    Why on Earth is this even being posted when this is over almost a year old????? Last modified- April 2007
  • by HHS Student Location: Howe on Apr 21, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    I am a straight "A" student, National Honor Society, never had a detention good kid. I like having long hair. I don't see the problem with that. It doesn't hurt anyone or create a distraction. I signed the paper saying I'll follow the rules so for now I'm going to do that. As soon as i can I'm going to protest for the rule to be changed.
  • by anonymous Location: not telling on May 25, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    The administration and people in Howe, America want everybody to look and act like farmers and wear funky looking cowboy hats and pants that are way too high wasted. And when people don't conform to the way they want to they think they can put these rules on the kids and punish them to make them act right. These kids are rebelling and doing things against the dress code because they are pushing the rule makers to see what they will do. If you had simple guidelines and are consistent on all the campuses in all the age groups, this would not be an issue. The school board needs to deal with the fact that there is a life outside of Howe America and everybody does not want to sit on a tractor for the rest of their life! let's see-how many people that have graduated from Howe have become president?mayor?govenor?famous lawyer? so...is the plan really working?! What are we "molding them to become?" I'm not sure it's working-maybe we should try something else..it's only hair-they are kids-they change what they like, as often as they change boyfriends and girlfriends at that age! leave it alone.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    Just want to
  • by Barbara Location: Mathews on May 13, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    The school administration should worry about a REAL problem. Hair length? Come on now.
  • by Someone Location: Texas on May 10, 2007 at 07:07 PM
    There is no such thing as right or wrong hair. Look in the Bible- it doesn't mention it.
  • by Parent Location: Howe on May 10, 2007 at 06:50 PM
    My son goes to the Elementary School and he has never had these problems, and his hair probably would not comply at the upper grade levels. I think the administration and teachers treat my son fair. He was told if it became a disturbance then it may need to change. His hair has not been a source of disturbance for others and he has kept it this way most of the year. We are not well to do or have a long standing in the community either...I am happy to be in Howe...
  • by Rory Location: Dallas on May 10, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    I had long hair once...
  • by Andrea Location: Earth on May 8, 2007 at 03:51 PM
    I think that long hair on men looks sloppy and promotes anarchy in schools. Kids need order and structure in their lives and need to seen not heard!
  • by Hooser Location: indianalpolis on May 8, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    as a former student of howe not but 3 years ago we had a battle for sandles, nice sandals could be worn but not cheap looking sandals. This causes problems because whose to say what constitutes looking nice and some expensive sandals look cheap. Point is, Howe has always had rules with holes and problems in them.
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