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Cry-Baby of the Week

This week: A girl was suspended from school for shaving her head to support her friend with cancer, and a woman was arrested for consoling her crying son.
March 28, 2014, 2:17pm

It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:

Cry-Baby #1: Caprock Academy

The incident: A girl shaved her head to support her friend with cancer.

The appropriate response: Raising some money to donate to charity on her behalf or something.

The actual response: She was suspended from school.

Kamryn Renfro is a nine-year-old girl in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Her best friend, Delaney Clements, has for several years been battling neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects children.

As a result of her cancer treatment, Delaney lost her hair—something that she's not too psyched about. "People would sometimes call me a boy even though I was all dressed in pink," she told CBS News.

Because Kamryn didn't want her friend to "feel left out," she decided to shave her head too.

"She was like, really excited, and she was jumping up and down that I did it," Kamryn told USA Today.

But the staff of Caprock Academy, the school that Kamryn attends, was not quite as excited. When Kamryn arrived for classes on Monday, she was told that her haircut violated the school's dress code was and turned away from her classes.

That evening, Kamryn's mother, Jamie Renfro, emailed the school explaining why Kamryn had shaved her head. But, she says, a member of the school's staff responded by phone, telling her that Kamryn would not be allowed to return to school until her hair had grown back.

As is often the case with these kinds of stories in which zero-tolerance policies trump common sense, the school changed its mind once the story received national attention. In a special meeting on Tuesday, the school's board of directors voted 3–1 to allow Kamryn to return to classes. Local news coverage of the meeting didn't specify what the fuck was wrong with the one person who voted against Kamryn's return.


Cry-Baby #2: Walnut Grove Elementary School 

The incident: A woman consoled her autistic child, who was having a panic attack in class.

The appropriate response: Nothing.

The actual response: She was arrested for trespassing on school property.

Last Thursday, Niakea Williams (pictured above) received a call from a teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary School in Ferguson, Missouri.

The teacher told her that Michael, her autistic son, who is a student at the school, was panicking in one of his classes.

Niakea rushed to the school.

As the staff there know Niakea, she was buzzed into the reception area upon arrival.

"I saw a teacher, and she said, 'Ms. Williams, what's wrong?' I said, 'Something is wrong with Mikey,' and proceeded to go straight to my son," Niakea told KMOV St. Louis.

Niakea says that she then went to her son's classroom, where she found him having a panic attack. She immediately started to console him.

The school's principal then allegedly entered and told Niakea that she'd violated the school's visitor policy by not signing in at reception. "I didn't sign the book, but I had to check on my son," said Niakea.

Niakea says that she told the principal to bring her the sign-in book, but was told that the school had already called the police. According to Niakea, the principal knows who she is. She claims they'd even had a meeting the day before the incident.

Calverton Police sent four officers to respond to the call, which was processed as an "unauthorized entry to a school." The school was also put on lockdown for 12 minutes.


"They escorted me away from my son, who already had emotional distress. Four officers told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back," said Niakea.

Niakea was taken to the police station on trespassing charges and released shortly after. Speaking of the incident, she said, "I feel like today I got arrested for being a concerned parent of my child."

Which one of these schools is the bigger cry-baby? Cast your vote in this poll down here:

Who is the bigger cry-baby?

Previously: A school who suspended a girl for stopping another student from self-harming vs. a school who banned a bullied child from bringing his My Little Pony lunch bag to school

Winner: The self-harm school!!!

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