As a retired superintendent of schools, I was amused that a Hurricane young lady "was booted" out of school for "dyed hair" ("Hurricane student booted over dyed hair," Feb. 11). It amazes me that some school officials have not yet learned the lessons of long hair, earrings and appropriate clothing.

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Students have a fundamental, constitutional right to make personal decisions in these areas unless what they do creates a massive disruption in the learning or teaching process. Even then, a student's due process rights must be protected. School officials should be ashamed of embarrassing Rylee MacKay, disrupting her learning and causing her family unnecessary inconveniences. Advice to the school district: Send the family a letter of apology and concentrate your efforts on important matters of learning and teaching.

M. Donald Thomas, executive director of Public Education Support Group

Salt Lake City