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Reported by Ben Watson

Local school tells students to shave or stay home

Shave or don't come back to school.  That was the message sent to a number of students recently at Byhalia High School.

When Jarvis Wilson's mom picked him up from Tuesday afternoon, school officials gave her a note which explains that her son has to shave.

"I don't want to lose it," Wilson said. "It might take me a few days to think about cutting it."

Wilson must shave his face following a crackdown that begin at the school on Monday when Jordan Morelli and more than two dozen other students were sent home for having facial hair.

"I came into school and a teacher saw me and sent me to the office and I got sent home," Morelli said.

According to Superintendent Don Randolph, guidelines on facial hair have been part of the school's rules for years.  Randolph declined to do an on camera interview, but said Byhalia High hosted an assembly Friday warning students about facial hair.  Those those who hadn't shaved by Monday were suspended.

Morelli claimed that he did not know the school had planned to crack down on facial hair, but admitted that after spending a day on suspension, he learned a lesson.

"Shave or don't come to school," he said.

Students who shaved will be allowed to return to school, and will be allowed to make up the work they missed.

School officials held a meeting with parents Tuesday to discuss the matter.

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