March 30, 2014 1:39 pm -

West Iron County, Michigan high school student decided to wear a pink mohawk after he learned his mother had breast cancer. Then, his school banned him from track competition.

Barker told that his coach and the school principal told him his “new hair style did not meet the school’s grooming and appearance policy.”

“[My coach] told me I can’t have pink hair with Mohawk to support my mom with breast cancer,” said Barker. “I want this to change. That’s my goal.”…

Wendy Pawlicki, Barker’s mother, says her son had been to practice with the mohawk for weeks and it was only when he dyed it pink that they would not allow him to compete in his sport.

School principal Mike Berutti issued this statement:

“The West Iron County Public Schools supports the needs of the students to express themselves, as long as their expression does not interfere with the educational process. We also strive to balance individualism of athletes with the concept of team that fit within our athletic code. The athletic department is going to work with the student and parents to resolve this issue. The student was not dismissed from the team and we welcome his participation in the future. The athletic department has long supported breast cancer awareness by participating in numerous events involving student athletes and staff held in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and plan to continue to support this worthy cause.”

D.B. Hirsch
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