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New Zealand judge: Catholic school may not suspend boy for long hair

June 27, 2014

A New Zealand judge has ruled that a Catholic school is not permitted to suspend a 16-year-old boy for long hair.

The judge ruled that the school, St. John’s College in Hastings, had insufficiently precise regulations and that the boy’s actions “weren’t harmful or dangerous to other students, didn’t amount to serious misconduct, and therefore didn’t warrant suspension,” according to an AP report.

The New Zealand Herald reported that the boy’s parents said, “In 2014, when girls’ hair lengths at school aren’t questioned, why should the rules be different for boys?”


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  • Posted by: trini - Jun. 28, 2014 7:24 AM ET USA

    The boy's parents should be told, simply, that the rules are different for boys because boys are different from girls.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 27, 2014 10:47 AM ET USA

    I suppose that Catholic schools world wiide need to add a variation of the U.S. 9th Amendment to their list of regulations, namely, that the listing of certain regulations shall not be construed to deny or disparage other regulations not specifiically listed but do exist and will be adjudicated by the school as needed.