Act of compassion violates school dress code policy

Kamryn Renfro and Delaney Clements (courtesy KUSA)

A child's act of support for a friend fighting cancer got her banned from her school all because of how she chose to show that support.

After 11-year-old Delaney Clements' hair fell out because of the chemotherapy she's been going through for her Neuroblastoma, her friend Kamryn Renfro shaved her own head to match her friend.

"It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone," said Delaney.

"For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought it was a huge statement and it builds character," said Delaney's mother, Wendy Campbell.

The good deed didn't go unnoticed - and it got some unexpected results. Kamryn's school, Caprock Academy - a charter school in Grand Junction, Colo. - suspended her because shaved heads violate their dress code.

Faced with this dilema, the girls' moms took to social media and received a lot of feedback from parents.

"She didn't shave her head to be a part of a gang or to be a rebel, she shaved her head to show her friend that she wasn't alone," said Corrina Shirley. "I think there's times that rules are extremely important and I think there's times that compassion is far more important than any rule book."

Even with the uproar it's caused, Kamryn said she doesn't regret her decision.

"Yeah, it felt like the right thing to do."

After the social media firestorm, there is good news to report: Caprock Academy reconsidered their stance and Kamryn returned to class Tuesday.