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School suspends girls in hair-raising decision

THIRTY-TWO female students in Foshan City in southern China's Guangdong Province, have been suspended because they refused to have their hair cut short.

All 32 stood outside the school gate on Wednesday afternoon, refused entry. One among them told Guangzhou Daily they were expelled because of their long hair.

They were from a Grade 12 class at Chancheng Experimental High School and majored in music.

School authorities checked students' appearance on Wednesday morning and forced those with long hair to leave, with orders for a haircut.

Most of the girls had their hair cut short immediately but 32 refused to compromise.

They insisted long hair would impress interviewers and said most of them would apply for admission to schools of arts during college entrance examinations next June.

The school ordered them to leave on Wednesday afternoon.

A vice headmaster, identified as Liao, said the decision was based on a policy reinforced last March by school executives and teachers.

But some pupils argued that no representative from the students had any say in the launch of the policy, the report said.

Liao admitted that suspensions were imposed on the 32 students.

The two parties then moved to the school's conference room for further discussions.

The school authority rejected students' claims that short hair negatively affected their chances at interviews.

It said unified hair styles improved the image of the school and emphasized it was an old rule.

However, some of the 32 girls said former female students graduating from the music class had long hair, proved by graduation photographs on the school's walls.


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