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A Boy Who Got A Military Haircut In Honor Of His Stepbrother Was Sent Home From School For It

The elementary schooler was sent home with a note from the principal that the haircut was a "distraction."

Posted on March 27, 2015, at 5:08 p.m. ET

Student Adam Stinnett was sent home from Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee, recently, with the school citing his haircut as a "distraction," WZTV Nashville reported.

His mother, Amy Stinnell, said he came home with a note from the principal explaining he wouldn't be allowed to return to school until he changed his hairstyle, so she shaved her son's head.

The 7-year-old had what's known in the military as a high and tight cut.

"I want to be in the army and I want to help the world," Adam Stinnell told WZTV Nashville.
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"I want to be in the army and I want to help the world," Adam Stinnell told WZTV Nashville.

He asked his mother for the haircut to honor his stepbrother, Justin, a soldier who has served in Afghanistan.

"He looks up to Justin a lot and he wants to be like him, and the hair cut was a way to show his appreciation and his love toward his step brother," Stinnell said,
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"He looks up to Justin a lot and he wants to be like him, and the hair cut was a way to show his appreciation and his love toward his step brother," Stinnell said,

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Each school in the Warren County district independently determines which haircuts are inappropriate for students.

The district director said that military styles aren't explicitly banned, as a general rule.
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The district director said that military styles aren't explicitly banned, as a general rule.

Interestingly, Stinnett's school's namesake, David Robert "Bobby" Ray, was a U.S. soldier killed in the Vietnam War.

Amy Stinnell says she and her son are waiting for an apology from the school.

"It pretty much crushed the 7-year-old's dreams," she said.
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"It pretty much crushed the 7-year-old's dreams," she said.

Neither Warren County Schools nor Amy Stinnett returned BuzzFeed News' requests for comment.

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