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Student with Manziel haircut told he violated school dress code, goes home

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
Should this haircut have resulted in student Christian Chavez being removed from regular classes?

When this space posted a YouTube video Thursday of one devoted Johnny Manziel fan receiving a haircut etching "Johnny Football"'s likeness and nickname into his hair, the details regarding the fan, the barber and the decision behind the (rather remarkable) haircut hadn't yet surfaced.

But thanks to a report Friday from ESPN, we know the barber is Rob Ferrel of San Antonio and that his customer was Kerrville, Texas, high school student Christian Chavez. Despite the video's widespread popularity, though, not everyone is a fan of Chavez's haircut -- including the administrators at Chavez's Hill Country High School, who informed Chavez the haircut violates the school's dress code and would need to be removed before he can return to regular classes.

"The young man was told today that he needs to change his hair style so that it meets the standard of the district dress code," a statement issued Thursday by Kerrville school district official Jamie Fails said. "We want him to return to school tomorrow. If his hair does not meet the district standard, he will be placed in an area of the school where he will not distract the learning of others."

"We appreciate the young man's enthusiasm for Johnny and everyone in the community is just as excited," it added.

According to Chavez, when he arrived at school with the haircut Thursday, he was told by his principal to return home and not come back to school until Manziel's likeness had been removed. Fails disputed that account, saying he "was placed in an area of the school where he would not distract the learning of other students" before leaving of his own accord.

In any case, Chavez -- who once shared a practice field with Manziel as a junior varsity player at Manziel's Tivy High alma mater -- says he loves Ferrel's handiwork and will keep the haircut through the weekend at least.

"I love the haircut. I'm a big fan of Johnny. My parents love it, too," he told ESPN. "Might as well keep it keep it tomorrow (Friday) and get it cut either Sunday or Monday. I thought I would be fine. I was surprised. My mom came and got me. She didn't like the fact they told me to go home."

Whether they did or not, that the Hill Country dress code can't make allowances for a piece of sublime tonsorial artistry like Ferrer's Manziel portrayal is a sign that the dress code needs to be loosened up a bit, no?

If you haven't yet seen the video, now the's time.

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