Recently, a charter school in Colorado didn’t allow an elementary student to enter school Monday, because she shaved her head and, as they said, a shaved head was out of uniform according to their policy handbook. The student’s name is Kamryn Renfro. The school is Caprock Academy. She shaved her head because her best friend, who is currently being treated for cancer, lost her hair due to chemotherapy. As a result of their decision, the school is getting plenty of (unwanted) attention. You can read about it here and here.
It reminded me of one occasion. Jesus was questioned because of His works of mercy on the Sabbath. Since technically there wasn’t supposed to be work done on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8), the religious leaders of the day complained to Jesus about His “work.” He had a wonderfully insightful answer. He said, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Matthew 12:1-8), meaning that we should always remember and properly acknowledge the law, but the letter should never supersede the spirit of the law. The apostle Paul enforces it: “For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
Unfortunately, Caprock Academy had a wonderful opportunity to encourage a thoughtful and compassionate girl. Heaven knows that we need more children like Kamryn and less rebellious, trouble-making, gun-totting bullies in our schools. Perhaps it’s time for our society to realize the backwards way in which it is creating it’s own problems!