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Colorado school bans student for shaving head in support of cancer

Kamryn Renfo was banned from Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colo. after shaving her head in support of her friend Delaney Clements, who went bald after undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. (https://www.facebook.com/jamie.o.renfro)

March 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 3rd grade student was banned from a Colorado school after shaving her head in support of her friend undergoing chemotherapy.

On Tuesday, Kamryn Renfro was allowed to return to Caprock Academy, a charter school located in Grand Junction - but not before making headlines nationwide.

Kamryn's friend Delaney Clements is fighting neuroblastoma, a malignant cancerous tumor that develops from nerve tissue.

Delaney is undergoing chemotherapy. To show her support, Kamryn shaved her head but school officials said she violated the dress code.

After causing an uproar, the headmaster of Caprock Academy allowed Kamryn to return to school on Tuesday. The board of directors says they sometimes make exceptions to the dress code under extraordinary circumstances.

Even with all the outrage, Kamryn says she doesn't regret her decision.

"She's my best friend and yeah. (You wanted to support her?) Yeah," Kamryn said.

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

Jamie Renfro, Kamryn's mother, wrote the following message on her Facebook page Tuesday: "I would just like to say, from the bottom of our hearts...thank you! We never expected any of the support that we have received regarding Kamryn and Delaney. We are pleased with the decision that our school made to let Kamryn back in school today. She got up, got ready, and held her head high as she walked into her classroom this morning. To say her dad and I are proud, is a total understatement. Nate and I are so humbled from the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and strangers."