School bans student for shaving head in support

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (KKCO/CNN) - A child's act of support for a friend fighting cancer got her banned from her school.

But after a firestorm on social media, she's being allowed back at school.

Delaney Clements is only 11 years old but the bubbly little girl has already faced a lifetime of hardships.

"I have cancer called neuroblastoma and I've been getting a treatment called chemotherapy and it makes my hair fall out," she said.

Delaney has received a lot of support from the community around her and recently, Kamryn Renfro shaved her head to show support.

"She's my best friend and yeah. (You wanted to support her?) Yeah," Kamryn said.

"It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone," Delaney said

"For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought it was a huge statement and it builds character," said Wendy Cambell, Delaney's mother.

The good deed didn't go unnoticed, and it got some unexpected results.

"They won't let me go back to school because of my shaved head," Kamryn said.

Kamryn is a student a Caprock Academy, a charter school in Grand Junction.

According to a statement made by the school's board of directors, the school has a detailed dress code and shaved heads are not allowed.

Faced with this dilemma, the girls' moms took to social media and they received a lot of feedback from parents like Corrina Shirley.

"She didn't shave her head to be a part of a gang or to be a rebel, she shaved her head to show her friend that she wasn't alone," Shirley said.

Shirley has two daughters of her own and she says while she respects the decision, she strongly disagrees with it.

"I think there's times that rules are extremely important and I think there's times that compassion is far more important than any rulebook," Shirley said.

And even with the uproar it's caused, Kamryn says she doesn't regret her decision.

"Yeah it felt like the right thing to do," Kamryn

The headmaster of Caprock Academy says that Kamryn *will* be allowed back at school on Tuesday.

The board of directors says they sometimes make exceptions to the dress code and will be meeting tonight to discuss this particular situation.

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