School Bans 4-Year-Old From Class Photo Because of Her Hairdo

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Lady Gaga/marcella MarinoAll Marcella Marino wanted was to feel like a princess in her school pictures. But when school officials got a look at the 4-year-old's Lady Gaga-inspired 'do, they banned her from the class photo, leaving her in tears.

The toddler had asked her father Marcello, a hairdresser, to re-create Gaga's famous "hair bow" in tribute to her favorite singer. Amazingly he constructed the look entirely with Marcella's own locks; still her Kent, England school was less than impressed. Apparently they have a strict bow policy -- only allowing blue or maroon ribbon -- and told the tot to take a hike.

“When she went for the school photo on Monday, she was told she wasn't allowed to wear her hair in that style because of the dress code,” her dad told the Daily Mail.

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The school photo at Ramsgate Holy Trinity Primary School was ultimately canceled because of a scheduling conflict, but the family was told not to style Marcella's hair that way again.

I'm all for dress codes -- they help teach kids discipline -- but come on! The school totally overstepped its bounds here. This entire scenario is incredibly ridiculous and more than a little bit cruel. At this age kids are supposed to be learning to express themselves in different ways. It's not as though she came to class wearing a ton of makeup, dressed like a hooker, or in a meat bikini (a la Toddlers & Tiaras).

Shouldn't parents and teachers be encouraging cute, age-appropriate creativity? These kinds of rules will only teach Marcella that it is not okay to be herself, which ultimately creates more harm than good.

Do you think the school overreacted?

discipline, nursery school, toddler development, lady gaga


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jrphelps jrphelps

I am so sad for this little girl! That was way too cruel of the school.

nonmember avatar Jill

I believe the hairstyle is adorable. They are being ridiculous, and I wouldn't be surprised if she remembers this incident 20 years from now.

Taisie Taisie

I do feel sad that the poor child was told her hair was unacceptable, but generally the school (at least the one my children attended) will send home a paper stating clearly what is and is not acceptable to be worn and not worn on picture day, and it is the parents job to be sure their child's attire adheres to those polices.

CPN322 CPN322

I do and I think that hair cutt is just adorable on her!!

dixie... dixiechick2

Ridiculous the little girls hair is cute.

CPN322 CPN322

Jill - I bet you are right and she will!

lalab... lalaboosh


Btw, I made a hairbow in my bathroom with the help of youtube.

Pamela Higgins

how mean!! bunch of uptight idiots

Rebec... Rebecca7708

She looks so cute! They're being absolutely ridiculous!

Ima101 Ima101

What an adorable little girl with a cute hair-do! The school is just being ridiculous.

@Lalaboosh - I'm so jealous! I wish my hair was long enough to style it in neat ways like this.

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