The principal at Pekin Middle School decided to make a big statement to support a student who was teased by classmates. Jackson Johnston shaved his head to honor his grandfather, but didn’t get the support he expected when he went to school.
Johnston says his classmates didn’t understand why he shaved his head.
Pekin Principal Tim Hadley learned about the issue with the 6th grader.
Hadley decided to turn the issue into something positive.
So, he allowed the 11-year-old Johnston to shave his head at a school assembly. Hadley says he knows how Johnston felt.
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Hadley says his haircut got the response he wanted from students, but it has gone beyond that to people in the community who also responded with their support and praise for the way he handled the situation. He says he hopes everyone will think before they make comments to someone and ask if the comment will build them up or tear them down.