School suspends cancer survivor teen over hair he plans to donate

A Michigan teenager who survived a battle with leukemia was suspended from school for long hair, that he intended to donate.

The Detroit News reported that 17-year J.T. Gaskins hair has grown since last summer to donate to lock of love, love. Gaskins said he was inspired to make the donation after learning that the sister of a friend of the family is diagnosed with cancer.

Gaskins was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only a year old and has been in remission since the age of seven. "I Fought the cancer in my lifetime. I will keep fighting, "said Gaskins Detroit News. "I'm not going back because my school say no."

Madison Academy in Burton Gaskins said the suspension "has more to style hair disheveled, not length. Student Handbook requires schools to grow hair, "clean, orderly, free from artificial colors or disruptive, collars, ear and eye out."

Gaskins said the key to love horses require from 10 inches to donate and your hair is now just 2 ½ inches long.

Key Love Communications Director Lauren Kukkamaa said that while they respect the efforts Gaskins, who wanted to see him back in school.

"There are many ways to support Locks of Love, and we are very grateful for all the effort and the boy and his desire to return," said Kukkamaa. "But certainly, we understand that the school has reason to have some rules in place."

Gaskins also encouraged by her mother Christa Plante, who said he supported her efforts to "100 percent." Crop launched an online petition at by his son, received about 4,700 signatures.

"He has seen how it works and how to help people, how they help us," he said. "It was for her. I want to do it now. It feels good, "he said.

Petition the school to change its policy, allowing students to grow their hair for locks of love, love. The new policy requires students to sign a promissory note, the study because they want to support and keep your hair "good" to be given.

"I fought for them to be an option for children to grow their hair to Locks of Love, to be part of the school and raise awareness of cancer charities all you need to help patients," Gaskins said. "It will be a change in where people just find ways to grow hair."

"It's good that all policies," said Gaskins. "I think, you can try to make a commitment."

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