The family of a little boy with a debilitating skin disease says he’s told to stay home from school over a haircut. Zion Williams, 8, suffers from alopecia, an auto-immune disease that causes patches of hair loss on the head, but after receiving painful treatments at Drexel University he has been able to re-grown his hair.
Philadelphia’s Shiloh Christian Academy has suspended the second grader last Wednesday for violating the schools “long hair” policy.
In an interview with Fox 29, Zion’s mother, Talia said, “I think it’s heartless. It’s heartless that they would actually take him out of school because of something so simple as a haircut.”
It should also be noted that Talia presented the school with a doctor’s note requesting Zion to be exempt from the school policy because of his medical treatments. But the school’s administrator rejected it.
After Talia’s interview, Fox 29 attempted to contact the school’s principal for an on camera interview. But thanks to the persistence of Fox 29, after contacting the school via phone, Bishop Williams then acquiesced and allowed Zion to return to school on Tuesday.
I hope Zion marched back into school with a “Long Hair, Don’t Care” t-shirt on.