GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — When a young girl decided to shave her head to support her friend, who is battling cancer, she meant it as a gesture of solidarity.
"It felt like the right thing to do," Kamryn Renfro said.
But Kamryn's family members say her school didn't see it that way and said her shaved head violated its dress code policy.
With her parents' permission, Kamryn shaved her head in support of her cancer-stricken friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements. She lost her hair because she is undergoing chemotherapy in her fight against neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer.
Delaney loved what her friend did.
"It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone," she said.
However, when Kamryn tried to go back to school at Caprock Academy on Monday, she wasn't allowed in.
The move surprised Delaney's mother, Wendy Campbell.
"I didn't realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school," Campbell said.
In a statement, Caprock Academy said its dress code policy is clear.
"Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted," said Catherine Norton Breman, President and Chair of Caprock Academy Board of Directors.
Delaney and her mom are hoping the school will change its mind and make an exception.
"It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did, but now that she didn't get to, she's kind of sad," Delaney said.
"For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement and it builds character in a child," Campbell said.
Caprock Academy also said in their statement that sometimes exceptions can be made to the dress code policy under extraordinary circumstances.
Kamryn's mother reported that the school headmaster informed her Kamryn will be allowed to return to school Tuesday, though the school stands by its policy.The school's board of directors plans to meet later in the day to discuss the matter.