BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A student in Batavia went to school, and came home with a shaved head. The incident happened in September.
The student’s mother said the assistant principal of Notre Dame High School called her 17-year-old son Lucas Hull down to the cafeteria to talk about his haircut because it violated the school dress code policy.
According to the student’s mother, the assistant principal told the student he could go home or get his hair cut immediately, at the school. Then, the principal cut the student’s hair in front of the class.
Lucas explained, “I thought it looked good and I felt good about it and then he started cutting and it felt really bad.” Lucas told News 4 he was humiliated from the incident, “Just having people watch and have that done to you; it felt kind of felt humiliating.”
Lucas’ sister Lauren added, “When he got that hair cut his face was hard to see and not break down in class.”
The assistant principal has since apologized to the student and his family. Notre Dame High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school that serves grades 9 through 12.
Notre Dame High School released this statement about the incident:
“The incident in question occurred in September, and was promptly and appropriately addressed by the Notre Dame High School Board of Trustees and the school administration.
“A student came to school with a mohawk haircut that violated the School’s dress code policy. After the student declined the opportunity to leave school to get his hair cut, the assistant principal cut the student’s hair in the student’s homeroom. The assistant principal has since apologized to the student, his parents, and the school community for his error in judgment in cutting the student’s hair in the student’s homeroom before discussing the violation with the student’s parents.
“Additionally, the School’s Board of Trustees recently amended to the School’s student dress code policy to provide that parents will be consulted prior to any action if a similar situation arises in the future.
“This action by the Board, coupled with the previous actions by the School’s administration, has fully and thoroughly addressed this situation, and the School will have no further comment on this private matter.”