Turning Your Head Into A Bengals’ Replica Helmet Isn’t Allowed In An Ohio Middle School

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The Cincinnati Bengals are having a great year. At the moment, they are 6-2 and in 1st place in the AFC North. Given their history, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this team could fold like your dad’s lawn chair down the stretch. But that seems unlikely. With “seems” being the key word there.

Bengals’ fans in Ohio surely understand this fact, so clearly they’ve been celebrating as much as they can. Just in case, the Bengals decide wake up from this dream and be the Bengals.

But one Hamilton, Ohio middle school warns that it’s students can celebrate anyway they want, besides having Bengal stripes and a ‘B’ in their head. Now that is just taking it too far.


Dustin Reader, an eighth-grader at Garfield Middle School, received an in-school suspension Monday because of a haircut he received over the weekend in honor of the Cincinnati Bengals.

His barber, Chris Campbell of the B Street barbershop Razor Sharp, cut Bengal stripes on the sides of Reader’s head and a large capital B on the back to resemble the team’s helmet, and on Sunday, he colored his head and scalp to match for the game. The colors were washed out for school on Monday, according to his parents, but he barely got off his bicycle at Garfield when he was sent to his principal’s office.

Sounds like they’re just jealous that they’re barber doesn’t have skills like that.

Reader’s parents, Tina Wanamaker and James Reader, said they were aware of the rule, but didn’t think Dustin’s cut was out of line.

“He’s had designs on his head before and no one said anything,” said Wanamaker. Previously, he’d had a rose, a spiral and the word “LOST” carved into his hair. On the occasion of the “LOST” cut, he was told by the school to fix it, but he didn’t get in trouble, they said.

“This is a way for him to express pride in the Bengals’ putting up a winning season,” said his father. “It’s not racist, not drug-related, not gang-related or anything like that. It’s about football.”

It’s clear what’s going on here. Garfield Middle School is run by closet Steelers fans. Should’ve known.

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