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A Better East Texas: School Policies

Parents of a 5 year old child in Union Grove have waged war against school officials there. The reason? The school has told them to cut their son's hair or he will be placed in a suspension class, separated from his classmates.

You may find this hard to believe but I can relate to these parents. I faced the same dilemma 35 years ago when my principal told me if I didn't get a haircut he would suspend me. Let me tell you, it was a real bummer man! Evidently these parents didn't have the benefit of such a lesson in life or they wouldn't be using their 5 year old as a pawn in their battle. I understand they will be presenting their argument before the school board on September 10th if you're interested. For those of you who have an issue with your child's school I have some suggestions for you.

First, schools are required to publish their policy manual. Before your child starts school, read it. Second, if you find a policy with which you disagree take it to the school board just as these parents plan to do because that's where policy is changed. And if you really want to make an impact take some of your friends along with you. If you can't get friends to join you, well in the words of Bill Engvall, here's your sign. And oh yeah, remember to vote in your school board elections.

Parents need to stand up for what they believe in but they also need to be good role models for their children by keeping their children out of adult arguments. It will make this a better east Texas

Viewer Comments:

I just want to thank you for the job you do in the "A Better East Texas."  All of the comments I have seen have been fair and informative. I especially appreciate the story from Sept. 7th on the 5 year old child being used as a pawn in adult arguments. Children should never be used in this manner.  Thank you for sharing your personal story on the subject.

~Libby Gamble



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