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Fresh air in Eureka



Of all the places in Arkansas you wouldn't expect to see a kid barred from a basketball team because of his long hair it was Eureka Springs. But, as we reported a while back, so it was.

Good news. Leadership of the school district has changed. Gone with him is the short-hair rule, the Harrison newspaper reported today.


The Eureka Springs School District has removed its rule  barring a long-haired seventh grade boy from playing basketball. Robert Dylan Conway's parents in return dropped their lawsuit against Suprintendent Reck Wallis and the school board.
Wallis retired in February. On Thursday, the case was dismissed by Special Circuit Judge John Lineberger, who wrote that the school had assured Conway's parents  that he won't be barred from sports because of his hairstyle.
Linda Conway told the Arkansas Times after filing the lawsuit that basketball coach Daniel Cornelison created the short hair rule. Boys with long hair have been allowed to participate in middle school soccer and track, she said. The Little Rock weekly also quoted an unnamed school board member as saying there hadn't been a vote on the hair rule but "it was discussed and we all just all understood that we were behind the coach and his policy."

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