After 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro learned that her 11-year-old friend Delaney Clements lost her hair after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, she decided to shave off her hair in solidarity (of course with her parent’s approval.) Shaving her head â€œfelt like the right thing to do,â€ Kamryn said.
Delaney was â€œexcitedâ€ that her friend supported her by shaving her head so she â€œwouldnâ€™t be alone with people always laughing at me,â€ she told KDVR.
The noticeable act of compassion did not go unnoticed when she returned to Caprock Academy on Monday. Jamie Renfro, said in a Facebook post, she was told by Caprock officials that Kamryn was being sent home for violating the schoolâ€™s dress code policy. In addition, the child wouldnâ€™t be able to return unless she wore a wig to class or until her natural hair grew back.
A statement from the school to theÂ Grand Junction Sentinel newspaperÂ reinforced their dress policy saying â€œshaved heads are not permitted.â€ The purpose of the dress code is to create an environment of â€œsafety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students,â€ Catherine Norton Breman, president and chair of the academy’s board of directors, said.