A Hico, Texas mother complains of her teen son, Lane Kiesling- being humiliated after school officials forced her son to get a ‘dumb and dumber’ haircut after his bangs growing too long.
A Texas mother has told of her disconcert after her teenage son being humiliated after being removed from class to have his bangs cut off after school administrators said the boy’s ‘long hair’ didn’t fit comply with the school’s dress code.
Lane Kiesling, 16, was told three weeks before that the length of his bangs violated the dress code at Hico Independent School District, but his mother Amy Martin told NBCDFW that finances made getting the haircut difficult.
‘Money’s really tight right now. We just moved and there’s a lot of expenses and a haircut’s just not even on my radar right now,’ said Martin.
‘It was well below my eyebrows but it was on top of my glasses so it never got in my eyes,’ Lane said of his hair. ‘It just got close.’
Come Wednesday, Martin posted on Facebook her son coming home crying after the teacher ‘made him look like Jim Carry in Dumb or Dumber but worse.’
The principal allegedly told the teen on Tuesday morning that a teacher with a cosmetology license would take care of the haircut issue after school, according to Lane.
Instead, Lane says he was taken out of his 7th period class where the teacher said she would only be cutting his bangs. After the ‘choppy cut’, the teenager returned to the ridicule of his classmates for the rest of the day.
Martin would go on to call the principal who said the teacher claimed it was Lane’s fault for looking down during the haircut, but she said the administrator apologized and offered to take the student to fix the haircut.
‘He came back crying again,’ Martin wrote about Lane after they took up the principal on his offer. ‘He said the principal just told him how it was his fault and belittled him the whole time. It’s a real small town, there were people they know there. He is humiliated.’
Lane Kiesling mother: ‘It’s not that we disagree with the rules, but there was a better way to handle this’.
The mother told of attempting to file a police report- only to be offered a campus officer to take a statement.
Martin did not want to talk to an official connected to the school and was unable to file a complaint with either the local police department or the sheriff.
‘As part of our commitment to provide a safe and secure learning environment, Hico ISD has a student code of conduct and student handbook that is comprehensive. Student expectations are shared at the beginning of every school year,’ the district wrote in a statement to NBC. ‘We also ask parents to sign off on our procedures which are based on community values.’
Adding, ‘We encourage parents to be involved in decision-making processes, share how they feel about district operations and to share any concerns with their child’s principal. Ultimately, our priority is to educate and support the well-being of every student in Hico ISD. The district will make no further comment on student matters.’
Martin would go on to post on Facebook that others have told her stories of abuse and mistreatment at the school district.
She called for other parents and students to speak up against the ‘elitist crap,’ while noting that ‘most of the Hico ISD staff are fantastic!’
Both mother and son would have preferred Lane had been given an in-school suspension as an option according to the rules for the dress code violation reported the Empire Tribune.
‘I know it’s just hair. It grows back,’ Martin said. ‘But it’s not like she just gave him a haircut. She hurt his self-esteem. His self-image. That’s the problem.’
‘It’s not that we disagree with the rules, but there was a better way to handle this,’ Martin reiterated. ‘My son has been traumatized. This is a lot for a kid to deal with. He wants to change schools.’
The mother now plans to contact an attorney.