Anthony Moore, a middle student, was called to meet the principal for vio-ting the dress code, and the rest of what happened was unexpectedly beautiful. The only place in grade school which students don’t want to enter is the principal’s office. A student of Stony Brook Intermediate and Middle School, named Anthony Moore, his visit changed his life into a positive attitude.
So, what made him from uncooperative to co-operative?
The incident was that he breach the school’s dress code. He was wearing a hat in class, and for that reason, he had to face one of the deans of the school. For more than 30 minutes of him neglecting conversation, the only conclusion was to take him to the principal, Jason Smith. And after a few words, the principal came up with a solution and amazed everyone. “I sat across from him and asked, ‘What’s wrong? Why are you being defiant why are you refusing to take your hat off? It’s a pretty simple request,’” said Smith. “And he explained that his parents took him to get a haircut, and he didn’t like the results.”
The reason he was wearing a hat was his hairline, and the principal accepted the fact that young kids are more insecure and sensitive than adults according to Smith, “I told him, ‘Look, I’ve been cutting hair since I was your age,’ and I showed him pictures of my son’s haircuts that I did and some of me cutting hair in college. And I said ‘If I run home and get my clippers and fix your line, will you go back to class? He hesitated, but then he said yes.”
Principal Smith and student Moore had the deal and Smith immediately went to his home to grab his clippers without caring about the tough, snowy weather. Simultaneously, Moore patents were called for the permission to fix his hairline and gladly, Moore’s mother agreed. “He (Smith) handled it very well to keep him from getting in trouble at school,” said Johnson “I’m just glad that he was able to handle that without being put in in-school suspension.”
And it could be injustice to punish a student who is already insecure about his looks. It is necessary for young kids like Moore to deal with self worth issues and to build self-acceptance and confidence. Luckily, Smith understood the issue and helped him Smith himself has grown up the same as Moore as a Black male. Principal Smith said, “He didn’t say it straight out, but I feel like he preferred not to be laughed at,” Smith said. “The barbershop and haircuts as Black males are vital in the community and looking your best and being sharp — it’s just a cultural aspect.
Just from my being a Black male myself and coming through that culture, and you know, I really think girls matter at that age, which [means] appearance then could matter. He was scared he was going to be laughed at, and we were pretty sure no one would notice, but he was looking through his lens,” After the correction, Moore’s self-worth was restored, and he now continued focusing on studies rather than other issues.