Hayleigh Black never made it to homeroom on her first day of school. She was sent home for distracting her fellow students. With her hair.
"I have never had anybody come up to me and say, 'Maybe you shouldn't have this color,' or, 'Do you think that's a bad color,'" Hayleigh, 16, told NBC affiliate WAFF. Black says she's worn the same shade of red for the last three years.
Muscle Shoals, Alabama is an hour and twenty minutes west of Huntsville. Marie Waxel from WAFF, 11Alive's sister NBC station in Huntsville, Alabama first reported the story August 7th.
Her mom, Kim Boyd, was surprised when she got the call to come pick her daughter up from Muscle Shoals High school. "Nothing was ever said last year," said Kim Boyd. "Never got any calls, never sent home, anything saying it had to be changed up until today."
Hayleigh is an A and B student and a member of the marching band. She's represented her school on competitions and events out of state... all in that distracting red hair.
According to the student code of conduct book, it is up to the discretion of the principal or assistant principal to determine disciplinary actions pertaining to "disruptive hair style or color."
Muscle Shoals City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Lindsey, responded to the WAFF story, saying he supports the decision: "The dress code section of the Muscle Shoals High School Student Handbook states, 'Students will not be allowed to attend classes if their attire includes the following:' Item #6 specifies, 'Hair which has been dyed a bright or distractive color. Dyed hair will be permitted only if the hair is dyed a natural human color."
Hayleigh said she'll change her hair color so she won't miss any more class time.