ST. GEORGE, UT - Another day, another student being sent home from school for their fashion sense; this time in St. George, Utah. Kobe Sanden, 7, wasn't wearing an offensive 'down with homework' t-shirt or anything like that. He was sent to the principal's office because of his radical Mohawk hairdo.
"I was kind of taken aback," said Kobe's mother, Teyawwna Sanden,"she wanted him picked up right then and there."
Kobe's mother is a member of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indian Tribe, so you would think the administrators at Arrowhead Elementary School would understand the cultural significance of the Mohawk. But the district asked for proof, so the family's tribal leaders sent letters backing it up. Suddenly, the principal changed her tune.
"We believe in everyone's cultural diversity," said principal Susan Harrah, "so that's why we let the Mohawk stay, and sent him back to class."
Kobe gets to keep rockin' the 'hawk, but his mom says the letters shouldn't have been necessary.
"I'm sure they didn't intend it to be, but it felt like a form of discrimination," said Sanden.
She wants the school district to change its policy for other students who may come along in the future. C'mon, school administrators, let's find a way to keep kids in class instead of singling them out and sending them home over trivial dress code violations.