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The Mullet: Freedom Fighter.

July 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

It’s business in front, party in the back and it’s willing to fight for its rights!

Brother Daniel Aubin, principal of St. Raphael’s, had testified that the hair regulations were put in place to promote a culture of calmness and order, helping the school fulfill its educational mission.

Fortunato rejected that idea, writing the rule is “arbitrary and capricious because it bears no rational relation to the legitimate mission statement of the school, nor does it any ways inhibit or enhance the learning process or order and discipline at the school. In short, the length of a male student’s hair is absolutely irrelevent to the educational process and culture of calm and respect that the school wishes to foster during the school day.”

“Democracy does not require — nor has it ever required — robots. Children protect themselves when they learn to question authority and say ‘no’ to the arbitrary.

And this is at a PRIVATE school. Kids in public schools would do well to keep the phrase “arbitrary and capricious” in mind next time their uptight administrators try to enforce unreasonable dress codes.

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