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SEAL v. MERTZ

February 22, 1972

Steven F. SEAL, a minor by his mother and next friend, Ruth C. Seal, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
Byron MERTZ, as President of the Board of Education of the Shikellamy School District, et al., Defendants


Muir, District Judge.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: MUIR

I. FINDINGS OF FACT

 1. The minor Plaintiffs in this action, aged 11 to 17, are enrolled in the schools of the Shikellamy School District.

 2. Defendants named in this action are all administrative officials in the Shikellamy School District.

 3. On the first day of school in the fall of 1971, each student at the Shikellamy Senior High School was given a handbook containing the following regulations regarding male hair styles:

 " Dress Guidelines

 1. Hair Length

 
A. Bangs should be styled so as not to cover the eyes.
 
B. Sideburns should not extend below the bottom of the earlobe.
 
C. Hair should be trimmed so as not to rest on the ears or on the collar.
 
D. No beards or mustaches will be allowed."
 
(Defendants' Exhibit #5; Defendants' Proposed Findings of Fact #8.)

 4. These regulations are approximately the same as those in force the previous year. (1 NT 189)

 5. These regulations were promulgated by the School Administration with the concurrence of the student council, not by the Shikellamy School Board. (1 NT 147)

 6. On the first day of school in September, 1971, about forty male students were given excused absences and directed to get their hair cut to comply ...


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