J.T. Gaskin Suspended Hair

February 7, 2012 by staff 

J.T. Gaskin Suspended Hair, A cancer survivor who was suspended from a Flint-area charter school over the length of his hair will transfer to a public school, the teen’s mother confirmed Thursday.

J.T. Gaskins, 17, made national headlines after the governing board for Madison Academy in Burton ruled Jan. 23 the senior, who was growing his hair to donate to Locks of Love, violated the school’s dress code. It requires male students to keep their hair clean, neat and off the collar.

Gaskins’ mother, Christa Plante, met with the school board Wednesday evening to discuss a potential compromise. School officials offered several options for Gaskins they said would allow him to return to classes, including trimming his hair to braiding it or getting a perm. They also said he could transfer to another school or organize a fundraiser for Locks of Love, which collects hair for wigs for cancer patients.

Plante said Thursday the school’s offer isn’t enough.

“Madison Academy has not offered us a reasonable compromise,” Plante said in a statement. “We have decided to move J.T. to the public school, where they will focus on providing him with the best education possible no matter what his hair looks like.”

Nicholas Mihailoff, the school’s board president, said Wednesday that officials “feel like we’re presenting four very reasonable options.”

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