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Big controversy over boy’s pink breast cancer mohawk during basketball tryouts

Oct 5, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


Victory today for all those young boys who have been denied the right to try out for their school basketball teams because of their pink Mohawks. Trevor Foster, 11, of Columbus, Ind., will get to try out for the school team after all, after the principal at Clifty Creek Elementary School reversed her no-pink Mohawk policy.

Video here.

Trevor and his older brother had both shaved their heads in Mohawk formation and dyed them pink, with an added pink ribbon on the side, in honor of their mom, who has breast cancer. But Trevor was stopped on his way into school one morning by his principal, Cynthia Frost, and told he wouldn’t be able to attend basketball tryouts until he got rid of the Mohawk.

So Trevor’s dad, Tamage Foster, put his son’s story on Facebook — and a small Internet uprising ensued. This is, after all, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that’s bad timing for Principal Frost. Bowing to the bad publicity, she apparently has reversed her no-Mohawk stance.

Both father and son met with Frost this morning. Not only did she tell them Trevor could try out for the team, they said, but she proposed he be one of the leaders of a new student council geared toward raising funds for breast cancer research.

Frost even donned pink with her suit today, Trevor said, and “told me it was just for me.”

But he still isn’t convinced.

“She apologized but it didn’t help much,” he said. “I’m still disappointed that she said what she said. It was just wrong to say that.”

It wasn’t the first time Trevor had a problem with Frost when it came to pink attire. Last year, Trevor was forced to turn his pink shirt inside out and surrender his “I Love Boobies” bracelet to his teacher, Trevor’s father said.

Trevor’s being a little hard on the principal, methinks. Looks like she’s trying to make amends.

And after all this, you’d better make the team, kid.

Photo: Tamage Foster.

  1. t16rich - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    The people that run these schools, and teach the kids, too often end up being absolutely stupid and need further education of morals. And if she really had a no pink Mohawk policy in place, then she has way too much time on her hands. That’s really an idea she thought would improve her school? Ridiculous.