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School Suspends Student Growing Hair For Locks For Love

A high school junior in Ohio has been suspended because of his long hair. Zachary Aufderheide was growing his hair for Locks for Love, a group that uses donated hair to make hair pieces for kids who lose their hair because of illness.

Aufderheide has been growing his hair since October 2011.

“If I could just give the chance for one kid to have a normal life, then I’m just going to go for it,” Aufderheide said.

But Aufderheide’s hair is a violation of the school’s dress code. School officials told Aurderheide that his hair has to go.

“Just them telling me, ‘No, you can’t do this. You’re not allowed.’ When it’s so close to being done–its just–it’s unbelievable,” said the junior at Canton South High School.

Aufderheide does not plan to cut his hair until he’s ready. Therefore, he’ll face suspension. Aufderheide was planning on growing his hair another inch.

“It’s just hair. I know it’s in the [school handbook] contract. I know it’s in the school policy. But it is just hair. What harm can hair do?” Aufderheide said.