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Canton: 'Locks of Love' on school's decision to suspend student

10:50 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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CANTON -- Canton Local School District and Zach Aufderheide are digging in for a long battle over hair.

John Martin, the Canton Local School Board President, said "Policy says you can't have that long of hair or ponytail, regardless of the cause."

In a 5-0 vote, the school board voted against the teen and his wishes to grow his hair out for the charity "Locks of Love." 

"There is no point in cutting it now. If I cut it now, then it will just be a waste of time," says Aufderheide.

That's time that Locks of Love President Madonna Coffman doesn't want lost.

"He didn't just suddenly decide to do this. He is committed to it and he has been doing it for months," Coffman said.

Aufderheide needs at least ten inches of hair to donate and is less than an inch away.

"I would hope that they could come together to a resolution, especially since he is so close to meeting his goal," said Coffman.

Aufderheide said he is going to continue growing his hair out for children who are less fortunate.

It's an idea students and parents are speaking out on with the the newly added Facebook page One more inch.

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