Kid suspended from school due to Cincinnati Bengals haircut
Dustin Reader is a Cincinnati Bengals fan. With the Bengals playing so well this season, it’s one of the rare times he won’t be mocked for this choice.
Reader wanted to show off hie Bengals pride this weekend, so he had his barber cut Bengal stripes on the sides of his head along with capital B on the back of it. The barber then temporarily dyed his hair orange and black for the game. The colors were gone by the time Reader went to school on Monday, but that didn’t stop the administrators at Garfield Middle School from suspending him.
The school’s policy of conformation bans “unnaturally colored hair, extreme/distracting makeup, haircuts and hairstyles.”
Getting a Bengals helmet cut into your hair fits that bill. Dustin is serving an in-school suspension until his hair grows out or he has it removed. So in summary, a Bengals helmet is bad, and the school would prefer that their students look like skinheads.
What’s odd is that this is not the first time Dustin has cut designs into his hair, nor is he the first student this particular barber has given a special haircut to. He’s just the one paying the price of an evidently randomly enforced rule.
His parents are standing by their son’s side against the school, with his father saying, “This is a way for him to express pride in the Bengals’ putting up a winning season. It’s not racist, not drug-related, not gang-related or anything like that. It’s about football.”
He’s just lucky he doesn’t actually play in the NFL, or else his haircut “uniform” would land him a $10,000 fine. Ocho Cinco is surely proud though.
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