A Michigan high school has suspended one of its students, J T Gaskins who grew his hair long in order to support a cancer charity organization.
According to the school handbook at Madison Academy in Burton, a student's hair should be "off the collar, off the ears and out of the eyes". When Gaskins, who himself is a cancer survivor, heard the news that the sister of a family friend was diagnosed with cancer, he decided to grow his hair long and donate it to Locks of Love, which in turn donates it to make wigs.
However his decision went against the school policy and the administrators decided to suspend him. Gaskins revealed that he has no intention of cutting his hair anytime soon and said that he intends to fight the decision.
"I fought cancer my entire life. I'm going to keep fighting this. I'm fighting for them to make it an option for kids to grow out their hair for Locks of Love, to make it a part of the school and raise awareness for all cancer charities out there that can help patients", Gaskins said.