Native American teen in boot camp does not want to cut hair

David Crosby almost cut his hair, but don't expect that to happen with Charlie Pathkiller. The Adair County teen was asked to shave his head after being sentenced to complete a boot camp program. Pathkiller, a 13-year-old Cherokee, is refusing to cut his long locks.

"It's my life basically," Pathkiller told Tulsa-based The News on 6. "I love it."

Seems the youngster nearly lost his locks after a school fight with his friend in Stilwell, according to News on 6. The Pathkillers claim the incident was minor, but the other kid's mom called the fuzz, resulting in Charlie being shipped to a first-offenders program.

Now Charlie is in charge of his hair, which he believes is a significant part of his culture and religion.

"It's a 13-year-old boy," Charlie's mother, Cindy Pathkiller, reportedly said. "You don't shave a kid's head for punching someone else.

"Just look around Stilwell. Drive through and you'll see people everywhere. That's just part of our nationality. I don't think he should be punished for that."

A judge ordered Charlie to return later this month to boot camp. Cindy Pathkiller said her son will finish boot camp and community service, but he's not touching his mane.

"Well, it's not that he's so special, but sometimes someone has to be the first to stand up and say, 'I don't want to do this,'" Donna Shockley, Adair County court advocate, told News on 6.

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