Cancer-surviving student suspended over long hair - WSMV Channel 4

Cancer-surviving student suspended over long hair

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A few locks of hair are standing between a high-schooler and his education.

J.T. Gaskins is a 17-year-old cancer survivor who was diagnosed with infant leukemia at two months and went through five years of chemotherapy.

Gaskins wants to grow out his hair for a charity called Locks of Love, which provides wigs for cancer patients who lose their hair during chemo.

But, his Michigan school's dress code policy doesn't allow boys to have long hair, so he has been suspended since Tuesday.

Gaskins' parents have started a petition asking for a compromise, and possibly adding a "donation" clause to the school's dress code.

But so far, no decision has been reached.

Channel 4 checked with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Officials here do not currently have a policy on how long a students hair can be.

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