10/08/2012 03:30 pm ET

Rheanne Sargent, South Carolina Student, Gets In-School Suspension For Dying Hair Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

South Carolina mother Denise Sargent is upset that her daughter Rheanne was suspended for dying her hair pink to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Belton Middle School student tells WYFF that she wanted to recognize those who have battled cancer. But the school's assistant principal said she was violating the dress code, which prohibits non-human hair color, and placed Rheanne in in-school suspension.

"I do believe if the child wants to be an individual and show that they're supporting something that's killing thousands of women, I believe, yeah, they should make an exception," Denise Sargent told WYFF. "They should change the rule."

Disagreements on school dress codes and hair styling appropriate for classroom settings are prevalent. Hannah Adams, another South Carolina teen, received an entire week of in-school suspension in the spring for hair partially dyed red. Riverside Middle School officials cited its policy, similar to Belton's, that bans "non-human hair color."

Indiana sixth grader Trevor Foster was recently barred from trying out for his school's basketball team because he sported a pink mohawk. The school has since reversed its decision.

And Patrick Gonzalez, a student at Woodlake Hills Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, was given in-school suspension for going to school with an image of NBA athlete Matt Bonner. The student later announced he would shave the image off so he could go back to school.



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