Girl gets to graduate despite purple hair

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) - Claire Mickey gets to finish the school year and graduate in her red commencement gown -- and her purple hair.
The senior at New Philadelphia High School sued the school board last week after administrators sent her home, saying she couldn't return until she dyed her braids a natural color.
A court hearing was scheduled for Friday, but the two sides agreed earlier this week to postpone the hearing until June 27, after graduation.
School districts can set dress codes. But Mickey family attorney James Ong says the rules should be to improve education or prevent disruption. He says Mickey didn't think her hair was disrupting class -- especially since she dyed it in February and wasn't told to change it until late April.
The district superintendent was not available for comment on Thursday.
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