SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - A Springfield Township school’s grooming policy is suddenly being enforced against an 11-year-old and his hair, according to the boy’s mother.
The incident began on Friday, Jan. 17 when the principal of John Paul II Catholic School approached Jaiden Rice to tell him his hair needed a trim.
Jaiden’s mom, Jasmine, says he was given until last Tuesday to make the change. She called the school to find out what was going on.
“I asked her if that was true and why she was reaching out to him and not to me,” she said. “I guess she thought he, being in fifth grade, was okay to relay that message to me and make that decision. She said it was okay until the 28th to get his hair trimmed.”
Jasmine says she’s not happy with the way the situation was handled, but what upsets her more is that she says Jaiden’s hair hasn’t been an issue until now—not its length, not its style.
She also criticizes the dress code policy for being unclear.
“My thing is the policy,” she said. “It literally, it just states no hair can be past the collar. It doesn’t sate male or female. So, if this is the rule, it needs to be enforced for male and female.”
FOX19 NOW reached out to the school for comment but received none.
Jasmine wants to be clear that Jaiden loves attending school at John Paul II, that he was even moved there for a better learning experience.
She says they are not going to cut or trim Jaiden’s hair but admits she’s afraid he’ll be suspended or expelled as a result.
“We’re really adamant about not,” she said. “We don’t know what steps the school will take if we don’t trim. I assume it will be disciplinary. I just... I just want him to be accepted. That’s all.”