Las Vegas, NV (KVVU) — A local middle school student who says she is fighting to protect her right to self-expression is taking on the Clark County School District.
Lorelei Newberry, whose hair is blue, said administrators have asked her and others to change their hair to a “natural” color because it is distracting.
She started an online petition that had gathered more than 1,200 signatures as of Thursday evening. On Thursday, she attended a meeting of the Clark County School Board to make her opinion known.
The Clark County School District issued the following statement Thursday:
“CCSD Regulation 5131 states in part:
“Student’s dress, personal appearance, and conduct are required to be of such character as not to disrupt or detract from the educational environment of the school. Any style which tends to diminish instructional effectiveness or discipline control by teachers is not acceptable.
“The school administration shall have the right to designate which types of dress, fashion, fads, or appearance disrupt or detract from the educational program and may be a potential safety hazard.
“Principals at each individual school know their school’s culture and climate, and therefore, are given the autonomy to decide what impact particular behaviors and incidents have on their educational environment.
“A flyer addressing this matter was sent home with all students and a ParentLink message (automated calling system) went out from the school on April 1. An additional ParentLink message will be sent out this evening (April 13) informing parents that enforcement of this matter will begin April 18.”