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Red hair gets 13-year-old suspended

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A photo of Hannah Adams' red hair when she returned to school before she was suspended. (Courtesy Adams Family) A photo of Hannah Adams' red hair when she returned to school before she was suspended. (Courtesy Adams Family)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

How red is too red to be considered "unnatural" for a hair color?

That's what one Greenville County family is asking after their 13-year-old daughter was given in-school suspension for a hair color one of her teachers said was against the rules.

Hannah Adams and her friend dyed parts of their hair red at the beginning of spring break, and were sent to ISS on Tuesday when they returned to school. Adams said getting in trouble, and dying her hair a darker color than normal to cover the red has been a bigger distraction than when her hair was red.

The middle school's dress code policy states: "Clothing and/or hair should not disrupt the educational process... Non-human hair color is not permitted."

Hannah's mother, Kimberly Adams, said the language is too vague since red can technically be a human hair color.

She says she wouldn't send her kids to school with outrageous styles or colors, though. She says she and Hannah have both seen others at Riverside Middle with multi colored "unnatural" hair color.

The Adams' think this week's punishment and possible permanent record aren't fair.

"[The administrators] keep going back to the handbook and going back to the policy and it should be that way across the board or it should not be that way at all," said Kimberly Adams.

Hannah Adams hopes something can be worked out so that she can go on planned field trip Friday. Right now, her stint in ISS prevents her from participating.

The Greenville County School District said the principal has spoken with the Adams', but that the rules, are the rules.

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