Pink Mohawk Won't Keep Michigan Student from Track Meets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

IRON RIVER — A northern Michigan high school student who wasn’t allowed to participate in a track meet because of his pink mohawk hairstyle will be allowed to compete in future events.

West Iron County High School student Mike Barker says he dyed his hair in support of his mother, a breast cancer survivor, and wasn’t allowed to compete last week. His family met Monday with West Iron County Schools officials and an agreement was reached.

Barker had been told by officials that his hair violated the Upper Peninsula school’s athletic policy prohibiting athletes from excessive hairstyles. In a joint statement, Barker’s family and school officials say a committee will review the athletic policy.

According to the statement, Barker’s mother is in good health and has been cancer-free for more than five years. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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