Local girl's compassion sparks controversy on Facebook

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Kamryn Renfro and Delaney Clements run around the Lincoln Park playground, enjoying the warm weather like every other kid on a sunny Spring day.

But there's one glaring difference - both girls are completely bald.

Clements is battling Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, and relapsed in January. The chemotherapy used to treat her condition has made all of the 11-year-old's hair fall out, and as a sign of solidarity with her friend, Renfro asked her parents to shave her head too.

"It felt like the right thing to do," says Renfro.

"For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I think it was a huge statement," says Celement's mother, Wendy Campbell. "It builds character."

What they didn't know was Renfro's bold move and the impending decision by her school would go viral.

"They won't let me go back to school because of my shaved head!"

Renfro is a third grader at Caprock Academy, a charter school in Grand Junction. In a letter sent to parents on Monday, the school says they have a detailed dress code policy created to allow a safe, non-distracting environment for student. They say they are aware Renfro shaved her head for a good cause, however under their policy shaved heads are not permitted.

The girls' mothers took to Facebook with their dilemma, and a social media firestorm ensued. Parents from across Western Colorado chimed in, many disgusted with the school's decision.

"She didn't shave her head to be a part of a gang or a rebel," says Grand Junction mother of two, Corrina Shirley. "She shaved her head to show her friend that she wasn't alone."

In a statement, the Caprock Academy Board of Directors says it is calling a special executive session on March 25 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the situation and vote on a potential waiver of the policy for this specific instance.

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