Thursday, April 16, 2015

Redhead banned from school

Redhead banned from school
NOT since the middle ages has there been such a witch hunt for a redhead.
A 17-year-old, who was about to sit her senior exams, has been banned from school because her hair is too ginger.
Emily Reay has naturally auburn hair, and toldThe Mirror she has had the same colour for three years.
But after returning from the Easter school holiday break, teachers at Trinity School in Carlisle, UK, banned her from attending classes again until she had a “more appropriate” hair colour.
“I’ve had the same colour for the past three years, and nobody at school has commented on it,” she told The Mirror.
“Everyone knows me as that ‘young ginger singer’.
“If I had to dye my hair brown, I would lose that.”
The budding musician the school ban made her cry.
“I was very angry at first, and then burst into tears,” she said.
Emily offered to pin her hair up if teachers were concerned about the colour, but the offer was rejected.
Emily said her colour had been a “bone of contention” since the start of the school year, but teachers had let her get away with it.
“The laughable thing is my hair was brighter than this on prom night, and I won best hairstyle award.”
Emily Reay was banned from school for being too ginger. Pic: Facebook.
Emily Reay was banned from school for being too ginger. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook
Emily Reay was banned from school for being too ginger. Pic: Facebook.
Emily Reay was banned from school for being too ginger. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook
Her mother Julie, was equally furious about the ban telling “The school’s uniform policy clearly states no unnatural hair colours, like blue or green”.
“Is ginger not a natural hair colour?”

Facts about red hair

- Red hair is the rarest colour in the human race with only 2 per cent of the population fortunate enough to be blessed with this glorious hue.
- In fact, they are so rare, mapping the gene that causes red hair reveals a lot about population movement across Europe.
- Red hair and associated freckles are caused by a variation in the MC1R gene.
- Research suggests redheads have a remarkable capacity to produce higher levels of vitamin D from less sunlight.
- They feel pain differently (ie: they are tougher than you) and need more anaesthesia toknock them out on the operating table.
- The variation in pain sensation could also account for their ability to chow down onspicy hot food.
- Redheads are also fabulous in business. University of Tennessee and Dalton State College study found redheads were four times more likely to be CEOs than other hair colours.
- Throughout the ages, gingers have been victims of horrific social outcast as a result of their luxurious, wild manes.
- In the 15th century, they were deemed to be witches and burnt at the stake. Around 45,000 were tortured and murdered.
- In dating, while some research has suggested redheads were less likely to be approached for mating due to hair colour, Elevated Today suggests it might actually be a good idea to marry a redhead because they are genetically superior.
- The article cited research in France that suggested redheads were approached less in mating not because they were less desirable but because they were highly desirable. It suggested men feared rejection because redheads were seen as more sensuous and promiscuous but also more assertive and temperamental.
- The downside of redhair: A higher risk of skin cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
*Note: The author of this article admits she is completely biased because of her red hair.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana - The Washington Post

 March 16 at 11:40 AM  
Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack.
The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, and that he will never get into college.
The only problem? The "leaf" found in the student's backpack wasn't what authorities thought it was -- it tested negative for marijuana three separate times.
All of this is laid out in jaw-dropping detail by Dan Casey in a story in the Roanoke Times today. While the juvenile court dropped its case against the student after the tests turned up negative, the school system has been far less forgiving. That's because stringent anti-drug policies in school districts in Virginia and elsewhere consider "imitation" drugs to be identical to real ones for disciplinary purposes.
The school's lawyer, Jim Guynn, is quoted in the Roanoke Times article defending the policy on the basis that "it's a pretty standard policy across the Commonwealth." In 2011, for instance, four seventh-graders in Chesapeake, Virginia were suspended over bringing a bag of okra,tomato, maple,buckeye, etc. If your kid calls it marijuana as a joke, or if another kid thinksit might be marijuana, that's grounds for expulsion.
The Bedford sixth-grader has been allowed to return to school starting today. But he has to attend a different school, separate from his former friends and peers, and he's still under strict probation until this September. The terms of his original suspension letter state that he'll be searched for drugs at the beginning and end of every school day until his probation is over -- all this despite never having possessed any drugs to begin with.
It's unclear what exactly transpired before the assistant principal discovered the leaf in the Bedford student's backpack. School authorities say the student was showing it to other kids and telling them it was pot. The student's parents say he never would have done such a thing, and that it was planted there as a joke by another kid.
Either scenario raises troubling questions given the severity of the punishment. Kids, especially at that age, joke about things all the time. When I was in sixth grade my friends and I would dump out Pixy Sticks on our desks and arrange the powdered sugar in neat little lines, like cocaine, although I don't think any of us was dumb enough to try to snort it. We only knew what cocaine was because of D.A.R.E., the ineffective school anti-drug campaign of the 80s and 90s.
Under rules in place today in Virginia and elsewhere, we would have been considered possessing "imitation cocaine" and subject to expulsion.
The Bedford case is a microcosm of drug policy -- especially marijuana policy -- at the national level. Most of the harm associated with marijuana use comes not from using marijuana, but from getting caught up in the strict punishments meted out by the criminal justice system for using it.
The harm that the Bedford school district inflicted on this boy is far greater than any harm he could have incurred by eating an actual marijuana leaf, or even smoking it, or even smoking a dozen leaves.
Fortunately, kids are resilient. With any luck the student will start to bounce back once his year of probation and mandatory pat-downs is over. But as the parent of two boys, the prospect of this sort of ordeal terrifies me.