GRAND JUNCTION - A Grand Junction charter school voted Tuesday 3-1 to allow a girl who shaved her head to support her friend battling cancer to return to school.
Caprock Academy in Grand Junction told Kamryn Renfro's mother Monday that her daughter would not be allowed to attend classes after the school learned of the incident.
Kamryn shaved her head in support of her cancer-stricken friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements. She lost her hair because she is undergoing chemotherapy in her fight against neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer.
"The medicine she was taking made her hair fall out. So, I decided to shave my head," Kamryn said at the meeting Tuesday. "Delaney was really excited! She jumped up and down".
Since the story broke on Monday, Caprock Academy has received plenty of national attention. The school's phone was ringing off the hook on Tuesday from people who were outraged by the board's initial decision.
Tuesday evening, the board held a special meeting to decide whether they should make an exception for Kamryn. Aside from one board member, the other three voted in favor of allowing Kamryn back to school with her head shaved.
"Our lesson is that we want to be both aware of our immediate and large community. We want to do service as to how important we feel the interest of children is," Caprock board member Catherine Norton Breman said.
Kamryn's mother, Jamie Renfro, was thrilled with the board's decision. She knew her daughter had violated the school's policy, but she never expected them to initially tell her she couldn't return to school.
Sunday night, Renfro posted about the controversy on Facebook, which created a firestorm of negative reaction towards the school. Now Renfro is asking for that negative reaction to stop.
"We have got an amazing staff and an amazing administration. They suffered greatly today. For that, I am sorry. I feel extremely guilty. I would just like all of that negativity to go away," Jamie Renfro said.
Jamie and Kamryn drove to Denver after the meeting on Tuesday. They planned to meet with Delaney and her mother. Delaney is expected to undergo additional chemotherapy on Wednesday.