School officials: Heat haircut design violates student policy
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida student was sent home from school after getting a haircut with the Miami Heat design.
Fifteen-year-old Joel Trespalacios had a Heat design shaved into his head over the weekend. "I decided to get it ... it's awesome," said Joel. He said members of his family are hardcore Heat fans.
Administrators at Calusa Preparatory School in Southwest Miami-Dade sent Joel home because his haircut violates its code of conduct. "As soon as I showed them, they kicked me out," Joel said. "They said I'm not allowed to have that type of haircut or style there."
Assistant Principal Tim Fowler released a statement that reads in part, "We have a form that is signed by the parents and students upon enrollment at Calusa Preparatory School. In this form it states that the boys 'cannot have grooves, ridges, shaved places, symbols, etc.'"
Joel's mom, who paid $30 for the design, is upset at the school for sending her son home. "I want the school to allow it. There's only a few weeks left of school; we are showing our team spirit," said Doris Trespalacios.
The school statement counters that their measure does not suggest they do not support the Heat. "We are big fans of the Heat and look forward to another championship run," the statement reads, "but we still have policies that must be followed. Go Heat!!!"
Some parents agree with the school's decision. "It's very strict here because it's a Christian school," said Carlos Flores.
"I think it's good like that," said parent Mayra De La Hoz, adding that the policy "doesn't permit that the students do a lot of things that they want to do."
Doris said she refuses to take her son back to the barber to have the area in the back of his head with the Heat design shaved off. She said she intends to keep him home until his hair grows back. While he remains at home, she will ensure Joel keeps up with class work, so he doesn't fall behind in his studies.
Joel said that it won't take long for him to return to school. "Possibly one week; my hair grows fast," he said.
The Trespalacios are hoping the Heat will win this season.
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