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The Daily Mail is running an unfortunate story: “Schoolgirl, 4, left in tears after she is banned from primary's annual photo because her hairdresser father made her a bow of hair.”
I saw this story on Facebook pretty early in the day, and it kept popping up to the top of my page every time I returned to my computer with different people reposting. If you’re one of the ten people who haven’t seen this yet, you can read the whole sad story at the link above, but in short, “A spokesperson for the school confirmed that hair bands and ribbons must be ‘made of dark colours’ such as maroon, navy blue or black and that hair braids are ‘not allowed’.”
Jiminy Cricket! For the love of Pete, was it really that big of a deal?
I guess rules are rules, and I am sure there is some rationale to what seems downright mean. There is something to be said for having a dress code; not having one is dicey, but you just can’t help but feel sad and mad when you read stories like this. The girl’s father said, “Marcella asked me if I could do her hair like a princess for the school photo and I came up with a simple but elegant style, using her hair to make a bow … I thought it looked wonderful and Marcella loved it.”
But the picture says it all.
The whole scenario is so charming and sweet, the dad doing her hair, the girl so excited. What was probably a very big deal to her, and a day to remember ended up being simply a big deal and a traumatic event. Devastated is what comes to my mind when I think of how she must feel. It’s pretty painful for anyone of any age to be so excited about themselves, only to be told they don’t look right. Geez, why didn’t they just grab the bow/bun and cut it off, it or wrestle her to the floor to save everyone from the outlaw braids? Yeah, rules are rules, but it sounds like this wasn’t handled well at all, especially considering it’s a school and the kids so young.
I do give her parents props, especially the dad. I’ll bet what he did and how he felt were two entirely different things. It’s impressive there was no report that he reacted the way he probably wanted to. You never really know until things happen to you, but I think I may have ridden in on a broomstick just for starters.
I just think the whole story is so sad, ridiculous, and intriguing at the same time. I would love to see how the other kids were groomed; the cancellation is odd, too. I mean, I get the school colors bit, but what’s up with the ban on braids?
The dad made a valid point: “I am so disappointed - I could understand if Marcella arrived with her hair dyed or something, but this is an elegant look which I think the school should be proud of. It isn’t a hair braid, it is quite simply a knot in the shape of a bow, and I should know because I’m a hairdresser.” It would be kinda cool if something happened to put a smile on her face or turn this around. Somebody call Lady Gaga’s publicist.