Agreement reached on WIC student-athlete’s pink hair


Staff Writer

IRON RIVER – An agreement has been reached in the case of a West Iron County High School student and track athlete who was recently denied participation in a track meet, due to his pink mohawk.

The student, Mike Barker, had dyed his mohawk pink in support of his mother’s fight against breast cancer. Barker was told by school officials that he could not participate in the track team’s first meet because his hair violated the school’s athletic policy.

In a joint press release from Barker’s family and West Iron County Schools, the parties stated that they met Monday morning to discuss the issue.

According to the release, Barker’s mother, Wendy Pawlicki, said that she battled breast cancer five years ago and has been cancer-free since then. She is currently in good health, according to the release.

School officials expressed their regret that Barker was not allowed to participate in the track meet as a result of the interpretation of the athletic policy.

Barker will be allowed to continue to participate in track, they said.

The school will be appointing a committee comprised of representatives of the community, students, coaches, and the school board to review the current athletic policy.

Barker was asked to be part of this committee, which will report its recommendations to the school board.

According to the press release, both parties have agreed that the issue has been resolved.

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