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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — An 11-year-old middle school student whose head was shaved by a school counselor has transferred to another school in this Fort Myers suburb.

Danny Valdes received an in-school suspension Jan. 8 for his Miami Heat themed hairstyle that the counselor later shaved off.

"He's at Varsity Lakes Middle now because he didn't want to go back to that school," said Arnaldo Fernandez, the boy's stepfather.

School officials in this suburb of about 87,000 believed the haircut to be distracting and gang related, according to WBBH-TV, Fort Myers.

Fernandez, a barber at LA Cutting Edge barbershop here, said his son was scared and embarrassed to return to Harns Marsh Middle School. He had given Danny and his other stepson, fifth-grader Damian Valdes, similar Miami Heat-themed haircuts for a basketball game they attended earlier that week.

The hairstyles read "305," for the Miami area code, and feature the city's skyline and basketball team's name and logo.

Damian didn't have any problems at his school, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Fernandez said.

Danny isn't the first middle school student to get in trouble because of his love of a basketball team. In 2012, Patrick Gonzalez of San Antonio was sent home after he had the face of forward Matt Bonner shaved into the back of his head. School officials told him to shave it off or be suspended because it was a distraction to other students; Patrick had it removed.

Danny's stepfather said he didn't give permission to the counselor to shave Danny's hair. But that conflicts with the school's account.

"The (step)dad gave permission over the phone in the presence of several witnesses," said Amity Chandler, the Lee County School District communications director.

It still doesn't clear the counselor, whose name was not released, of wrongdoing.

"But that's neither here nor there. It should not have happened. That wasn't the appropriate course of action," Chandler said.

Fernandez said his stepson has not received an apology, and he doesn't know if the counselor will be reprimanded.

Chandler said she wasn't aware whether the counselor had been reprimanded, but a first offense is typically informal and wouldn't appear in the counselor's record.

School board Chairman Tom Scott was unavailable for comment.

"We're still waiting to see what happens. We're still pretty upset," Fernandez said. "I don't know why he would have clippers at the school."

He also learned from the counselor that disinfectant wasn't used on the clippers before his son's head was shaved, a must in barber shops and hair salons.

"He's doing better now. He's actually at an A-(rated) school now, so he's happy," Fernandez said. "He just doesn't want the haircuts. Maybe he'll get one again, in the summer, when there's no school."

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