No Crazy Hair at Permian High

By Hema Mullur
NewsWest 9

"A few girls had pink, I know two that had purple hair, one had green."

It's been a rainbow at Permian High School all this year, but as several students found out, there was no pot of gold at the end.

"They announced on the loudspeaker that it would no longer be accepted, and that we were going to be suspended until it was taken out."

So Sara Ramirez is losing the blue.

"It's just me expressing my individuality," she said.  "It's my favorite color."

It just so happens, mom Shelly is also Sara's hair stylist.

"I was surprised that she got sent home since she's been able to do it all year long," she said.  "She is a straight A student, she's a good girl, she never gives me any trouble, so I really feel like if she wants to have blue hair, why not?"

But ECISD says this isn't about quashing students rights, it's about following the rules.

"The dress code spells out specifically that extreme hair-dos and extreme hair color are not allowed," said district spokesperson Mike Adkins.  "And kids can be removed from class for those."

"They shouldn't have let them do it in the beginning," said Shelly Maxwell.  "I think it's more upsetting for them the fact they got away with it for so long."

Either way, for Sara, it's back to brown.  But some of those blues do remain.

"I think they should let us express our individuality and as long as we're at school and making good grades, what does it matter what we look like?"

"They're old enough that they can just go and get their GED if they want to, and I'd rather my daughter walk across the stage and actually get a diploma," Maxwell said.  "I think it's more important that they're there, than what they're wearing, what color their hair is, but it's in the handbook, and I understand that.  No hard feelings."

The district tells us several of the students sent home had just dyed their hair, unlike Sara Ramirez. 

The students sent home were allowed to make up any work they missed that day.