A Tennessee elementary school wouldn't allow student in school with a high and tight hairstyle

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated March 28, 2015 04:40 PM

For one little boy, honoring his military sibling led to punishment.

Adam Stinnett, 7, of McMinnville, Tennessee was sent home from his elementary school for his military-style haircut.

The second grader at Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School got the signature military high and tight hairstyle to honor his older stepbrother, a U.S. soldier who served overseas in Afghanistan. On March 9, a day after his haircut, Adam was sent home with a note from the school’s principal, calling the haircut “distracting.”

Adam’s mother, Amy Stinnett, said the school told her he couldn’t “return to school” until his hair was cut.

“It broke my heart,” Stinnett told Nashville’s WZTV Fox 17. “It pretty much crushed [his] dreams.”

Stinnett was was forced to shave her son’s head completely, leaving him looking nearly bald.

The school’s director, Bobby Cox, wouldn’t comment to WZTV Fox 17, but did say the district doesn’t have a policy in place against military-style cuts. It is up to each school to enforce dress codes and student appearance matters.

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School is, coincidentally, named in honor of a local war hero.

“The school should be ashamed of themselves, is the way I feel,” Stinnett told Fox 17 News. “They have shamed a lot of military personnel.”