I agree, to a point. But in 9-12th grade, it is an expression of the student's blossoming personality. How many 5yos really know they want a mohawk unless Mommy and Daddy think it's cute? (Honestly, how does a 5yo even know what that is???) The school may have felt that Mom and Dad forced their hand. How many options do they have for disciplining a 5yo? He doesn't drive to the barber and pay for his own haircut. They were trying to find a discipline method that actual punished the offender - Mom and Dad who can't seem to grasp that the rules apply to everyone, including their special little snowflake. As far as having issues, it depends on how it is handled. If they just kept him home that day and took him for a haircut, he probably would never remember or even realize the seriousness. Since his parents think the appropriate response is going to the media and whining about how unfair life is, I think he might have issues regardless of his punishment. Again, I doubt the school had any idea this was going to be a problem. It was probably written so as to give the school wide latitude when dealing with these types of things. Obviously this child, with his "freshly spiked" hairdo, was not working for the administration. After 2 warnings, I would have been out of patience with the parents myself. I know that at our school some kids get away with their hair a little longer than others. My son complains, but it comes down to grooming. He has that flyaway hair that looks sloppy when it gets long, while some boys don't look messy when it is a little over the rules. The school gets to make the rules. If you don't like it, don't apply. And this, right here, is the point I was trying to make all along. At some schools, where they keep a tight lid on things and there are enough applicants trying to get in...well, it's the old rule of supply and demand. If you want your kids in this kind of school, you will check that they have their hair cut and tie on straight and say "Yes Ma'am" and no cell phones tucked into backpack. And when you run a school like that, then those ARE the big issues. Seriously. Because when the issues get much bigger, the kid isn't around for long. So the issues you are dealing with never even get thought up! Of course, we are in a K-8 school, but I think that is a fairer comparison to this story about a kindergartener than what goes on in high school.