Quote of the Day - Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes ... That's the Irish for you!
Self-expression is one of the keys to individuality. Consider leprechauns, for example. Two of them, Jaclyn Timmering and Kurisa Suhr, put on some Irish outfits (what else?), dyed their hair green and went to John H. Eader Elementary school in Huntington Beach yesterday. The two, eight-year-old third graders had planned their St. Patrick's Day celebration for weeks, wearin' plenty o' green and even T-shirts that read: "Be Lucky" and "Good Luck Girl."
Unfortunately, the St. Patrick's Day celebration turned into a dud.
Their Principal, Cynthia Guerrero, was none too happy with their temporarily-sprayed green hair, applied willingly by Jaclyn's mother. When the green-clad and green-maned girls arrived at school, the Principal gave the girls three choices: wash the dye out, spend the day in the Principal's office or go home. The girls were crestfallen. What had planned to be "the best day" of their lives turned into the worst. The girls' school district in Huntington Beach has a policy that discourages dyed hair.
The problem with the policy, however, is that it can only be unevenly applied. Many Irish folks that I know, including their children, have red hair. As a Welshman, I have brown hair (yes, I know it's got more grey in it, but stay with me here). In the summertime, my hair starts to turn red from the sun. When I was younger, say for example eight years old, my hair could easily go from brown to substantially red, pretty much on its own. My daughter's hair is blonde, and she can turn it more blonde overnight. Perhaps surprising to us all, many blondes are not true blondes, and many other hair colors may not be completely natural.
If you're a Principal who likes purple - not a hairdresser - how do you know for sure?
Green hair, and perhaps a few others like blue or magenta are easy to spot and punish. But I'm willing to go out on a limb here and bet that the Huntington Beach School District does not evenly enforce this policy among its students, and especially among its high school students.
Beyond the unequal treatment (we lawyers would call it arbitrary and capricious), it's a celebration for God's sake. Let the kids have some fun for a day.
What should we expect from a Principal whose choice of a "historical figure to have dinner with" is Oprah Winfrey (see her response to Question #9 in the "purple" link above)? MIPTC suggests we send the Principal to a day of sensitivity training, and let the little leprechauns dress up and have a good time.