Boy With Skin Disease Kept Out Of Class Over Long Hair

Boy With Skin Disease Kept Out Of Class Over Long Hair

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The family of a little boy with a debilitating skin disease says he's told to stay home from school over a haircut.

FOX 29's Bruce Gordon sat down and talked with the family.

Zion Williams, 8, enjoyed racing around on his scooter Friday.

But he and his mom know he should have been in school.

The second grader's been held home from Shiloh Christian Academy since Wednesday morning, when he was turned away, for violating the school's ban on "long hair."

Mom says her son suffers from Alopecia. One of every 50 Americans lives with the autoimmune skin disease. It makes your hair fall out, whether completely, or in patches.

Zion's been under treatment at Drexel University to try and get the hair to regrow.

Those treatments include shots on his head. But they're working, and the hair is starting to grow back.

Mom says the school rejected a doctor's note asking that Zion be exempted from the "short hair rule."

"I think it's heartless. It's heartless that he would actually take him out of school because of something so simple as a haircut," she said.

The principal and pastor at Shiloh is Bishop Derrick Williams. He declined our invitation to talk on camera.

Moments later, he answered a phone call and eventually agreed to cut Zion's hair a break.

He's allowed back at school starting Tuesday, with his hair the length that it is.

Gordon has more details in this video report.

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