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Student's mohawk-style haircut draws ire of school officials

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One student's haircut is raising eyebrows at a local school, and his mother said she's furious because her son was threatened with suspension if he didn't change his hair style.

She has taken her anger to the school board, and now she's threatening to remove her child from the school altogether.

Dress codes are firmly in place at schools across the state, but now that sagging pants are no longer an issue, students, parents and school officials are sometimes at odds over the finer points of the dress code.

For instance: what is the real definition of a mohawk?

On a normal weekday, 13-year-old Qua'Veon Powell is busy catching up on the three Rs at school, but Friday the seventh grader settled for a game of catch with his uncle.

The teen came home Monday and told his mother that an official at E.A. Cox Middle School told him his mohawk-style haircut was in violation of the Maury County Schools dress code. He needed to cut it or face suspension.

"I think it's going too far. I told my son I'm not going to make him cut his hair. He shouldn't have to," said mother Erica Powell.

Erica Powell said her son's hair cut isn't in the mohawk, because nothing is sticking up on top of his head. Photos taken a few days ago, before it started growing in, shows a kind of fade cut on the sides, and there is more hair on the top of his head that is fuller than the sides.

No Maury County school officials would go on camera to talk about the student's hair cut, but the school system's dress states that "spiked hair or Mohawks" are not allowed. A few lines down, the policy says anything is deemed "inappropriate" will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Erica Powell said she is pulling her child out of E.A. Cox and taking him somewhere else.

But if the new school is in the Maury County public school system, it seems the mohawk won't be welcome there either.

Maury County Director of Schools Edward Hickman was in Nashville attending a meeting of school superintendents Friday. When Channel 4 News stopped by the board of education for comment, we were told the dress code policy is clear and school principals have been told to follow them.

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