Principal with questionable hair bans teen for dyeing her hair auburn

There are many things I don’t understand.

But attempting to outlaw how someone else looks seems like an exercise that says far more about the banner than the bannee.

Just because someone enjoys having their hair paying homage to, say, Billy Idol doesn’t mean that they will necessarily sport a scowl. Or, indeed, be idle.

Yet certain educational establishments seem to insist on preparing our children for a world in which hair color might say all.

Which is slightly odd, given that in the real world, the most successful seem to have utterly disheveled locks, wear sweatshirts that were last washed last Xmas and often reek of the same odor of which the British accuse the French.

I am moved to these observations, you see, by the sad tale of Rylee MacKay.

She seems like a nice girl for a 15-year-old. She doesn’t seem to have caused anyone too much harm.

But she isn’t in love with her natural hair color.

Which girl is? Sometimes God anoints people with unblessed features that threaten to ruin the impact of their wit and charm.

Rylee, though, is not a girl of extremes. She lives in Utah, for goodness sake. That’s where even the mountains are told not to be too tall.

Rylee thought she would look better with slightly different hair. Yes, slightly. So she dyed it auburn, a color one associates with old movies and long, flowing skirts.

Everything was fine until some no-doubt pulchritudinously bald vice-principal at the remarkably ill-named Hurricane Middle School demanded a chat.


The chat went something like this.

He said: “It’s pinkish-purplish.”

She said: “No, it’s not. It’s auburn.”

He said: “It’s pinkish-purplish.”

She said: “No, it’s not. It’s auburn.”

He said: “It’s pinkish-purplish because I said so.”

Naturally, I paraphrase, but perhaps only slightly. Rylee was told she had to fix the non-existent pinkish-purplishness by the next day or she wouldn’t be allowed back in school.

In fact, she didn’t come back for two days.

As KUTV reports, this lurid insanity caused Raylee some discomfort. She felt like she was being treated in a somewhat bloody manner.

She’d even asked her stylist to use all natural colors when she’d had it dyed. Yes, so as to comply with the school’s insistence on hair within the “natural color spectrum.”

In a world dominated by science, what is natural any more?

Some might think there is nothing natural about the school’s Principal, Roy Hoyt. Naturally, he offers that his school’s rules are perfectly normal and that anyone who objects is somehow strange.

He told KUTV: “I believe we did the right thing. I just think it’s a non-issue that people are getting a little over-excited about.”

He did manage to inspect Rylee’s hair after she’d washed it a few times and the color had muted a little and so very graciously let her back into the school.

I, though, prefer to focus Roy Hoyt’s follicles more than his foibles.

As I view the footage from KUTV (a shot below), something seems very odd to me.

His hair seems entirely unnatural. It’s almost as if the hair on his head has been highlighted. Of course, this could be the same trick of the light that made his vice-principal believe that Rylee’s hair had suddenly become pinkish-purplish.

Here’s far worse, though.

He has a blond soul-patch.

I suppose it could be that trick of the light again. I suppose it could be gray. But it makes him look like a formerly booze-addled pub bassist who’s masquerading as an educator.

That is surely not the best look with which to be confronting Utah’s children every day. It’s disturbing.

There is clearly a discrepancy between his head hair and his soul patch.

Shouldn’t Hoyt declare just exactly what unnatural colorations, if any, might have been used to create his look?

It would be educative.




Images KUTV Screenshots by Chris Matyszczyk

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