COLUMBUS, Ind. - A Columbus boy sporting a pink Mohawk in honor of
his mother's breast cancer battle was told he couldn't try out for the
school's basketball team because of his hairdo, the family said.
Foster, a sixth-grader at Clifty Creek Elementary in Columbus, and his
older brother both shaved their heads, leaving behind a thin strip of
hair on top, a breast cancer ribbon design on one side and dying
everything pink, their father, Tamage Foster told RTV6.
mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has undergone
several surgeries since, including one earlier this week.
"We've been very open with the boys. They know everything about her treatment," Tamage Foster said.
family was shocked after they said Principal Cynthia Frost told Trevor
that he wouldn't be able to try out for the school basketball team
unless he changed his hair style.
"Trevor comes home from school
and tells me that the principal, Mrs. Frost, informs him that he can't
try out for basketball with his hair cut the way it is and dyed red.
Trevor informs her that it isn't red, it's pink," Tamage Foster said.
father took to Facebook, posting pictures of his sons' haircuts and
soliciting support from the community. He also called the school and
contacted school board members about the incident.
Soon after, he said he received an apologetic phone call from Frost, who explained that Trevor had misunderstood what she said.
was hoping that my son didn't take her comment the wrong way, but she
wouldn't change a thing about him," Tamage Foster said.
told the family that Trevor could try out for the basketball team, and
that she wants him to help him organize a school-wide effort to raise
funds for breast cancer research.
"They are going to start up a
student council, which Clifty Creek has never had before," Tamage Foster
said after meeting with Frost. "(She) said Trevor is one of the leaders
in his grade, (and that) she felt so bad that she wore pink today to
show support for Trevor."
Frost had not returned a call for comment Thursday.
I couldn't give myself a pink mohawk for breast cancer awareness or a big autism puzzle piece tattooed in my forehead and expect to still be allowed to work. Actions and consequences. I'm not clear on why this is news, particularly since the school backed down anyway.