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Post Column: British school bans boy's November mustache

One school in England has had enough of the scruff.

Prior Academy in Bedfordshire, England, was not exactly supportive of one student who planned to participate in “no-shave November.”

Gus Hooker, a 13 year old who attends the academy, was forced to remain clean-shaven despite his attempt to raise money for cancer awareness. Hooker’s grandfather, who is recovering from cancer, was the driving force in Hooker’s desire to participate in the month-long awareness campaign.

The school claimed that it would be unfair for Hooker to grow a moustache because many students were not able to grow facial hair, excluding many from participating.

Confused and upset, Hooker’s father began blogging, voicing his displeasure with the school and its justification.

“There is nothing in the uniform policy (and) some staff are doing it this year, as they did last year. The response shocked me somewhat,” Paul wrote.

In the end, the school remained firm on its prohibition of the month-long initiative, but they did make a compromise.

He is now able to dedicate one day in honor of the charity on Nov. 30 that allows students to donate a pound ($1.59) to wear a fake mustache.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen schools prohibit their students from participating in “Movember.” I’ve also read some less than supportive remarks from women as well regarding the cause.

It makes me wonder: Do guys not receive the same support when it comes to men’s health awareness?

I mean, we just wrapped up the month of October with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was 31 days of female pride and concern for women’s health. Men all over donated money, participated in awareness walks, and spread the word.

But when it comes to November, are men being forgotten — or even worse — mocked for their efforts to support their own cause?

I think it’s time that some people take a step back and educate themselves before making negative comments about Movember.

According to the Movember website, “Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the U.S. and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.”

Schools and workplaces alike should support these efforts and make exceptions for those who want to participate. In my opinion, growing a moustache is harmless, painless and has no negative consequences.

Whatever facial hair a man chooses to grow out, it’s his body and he should have the right to decide — especially when it’s for a good cause.

Maybe it’s time we make more of an effort to recognize and show support for our men and their awareness efforts.

So women, hide the razors, give your man a scruffy kiss and tell him how well he wears his charity. I say more Movember!

Casey Compernolle is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University and a columnist for The Post. When will you shave your mustache? Email Casey at cc150709@ohiou.edu.

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