Student battling brain cancer told wig breaks dress code

A Texas high school senior battling brain cancer will be allowed to wear her turquoise wig after school officials said it violated the dress code policy. 

Kate Pepper told KTVT that the McKinney ISD told her she couldn’t wear her wig because it went against the dress code policy. The 17-year-old made the tough decision to shave her long, braided hair, which started falling out from brain cancer treatments. Pepper documented her journey on YouTube.

Administrators told her the color of the wig violated the dress code, but after facing some backlash, the district announced Sunday to allow an exception so Pepper can wear her wig.

"I feel a relief, and I am honestly hoping that if anyone else is going through my circumstances that this will help them along the way as well," she told KTVT.

Pepper's story caught the attention of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who called out the district on the teen's behalf. 

"I support clear rules for students but I am asking McKinney ISD to create an exception to their dress code and allow Kate Pepper to wear her beautiful wig," Patrick tweeted Sunday. "I will send a formal communication to the district tomorrow."

After hearing the news that the district had reversed its decision, Patrick tweeted, "I am very glad to hear McKinney ISD has made an exception for Kate so she can wear her turquoise wig during treatment. Let’s keep Kate in our prayers."