Cancer survivor disciplined for wearing hat at school

Cancer survivor disciplined for wearing hat at school

[Ed. – Zero tolerance, zero brains]

Chloe Terpenning’s hair used to fall past her hips, but it began to fall out shortly after she began chemotherapy for stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March. Now in remission, the West Burlington High School freshman hopes to encourage the school to change it’s [sic] policy to allow for leeway when it comes to head gear for current and future students with cancer.

Terpenning, 15, started a petition to change the school’s dress code policy Friday after having spent several days in the office for wearing a grey, knit beanie made especially for cancer patients.

As of Sunday, Terpenning had obtained 222 signatures on a hard copy petition and another 103 signatures through an online petition on

The school’s policy states the following are considered inappropriate to be worn to school: “Hats, caps, HOODS (sic), sunglasses, hairnets, head scarves, headbands (other than those worn by females to hold back hair) and other headgear.”

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When asked Monday about exceptions to the policy, Superintendent David Schmitt said the district will leave it open-ended so each student can be considered on a case-by-case basis and that Terpenning can wear a hat if she feels more comfortable doing so.

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