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Ontario teacher gets head shaved after all his students achieve their reading goals

Bill Lassiter made an offer to his fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Ontario Center School in the Cucacmonga School District: If everyone hit their reading goals for the final trimester of the year, he’d do whatever they wanted him to.
“At the beginning of the trimester, I said, ‘Hey, everyone did really well, almost all of you made your goal. I will do whatever you want, within reason, for this trimester if everybody makes their goal,’” Lassiter said. “And they said, ‘How about you shave your head into a Mohawk?’ And I said OK.”
Fifth-grade student Aries Delara, assists Linda Brock, mother-in-law, as Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, gets his hair cut into a mohawk at the Ontario Center School in the Cucamonga School District, in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Ontario Center School students react to Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, while he gets his hair cut into a mohawk in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Linda Brock, mother-in-law, spikes up Bill Lassiter’s hair into a mohawk at the Ontario Center School in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, gets his hair cut into a mohawk by mother-in-la Linda Brock at the Ontario Center School School District, in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, gets his hair cut into a mohawk by mother-in-la Linda Brock at the Ontario Center School School District, in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Forth-grade student Maya Moreno, reacts while shaving off the back of her teacher, Bill Lassiter’s, hair cut into a mohawk at the Ontario Center School in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Ontario Center School students react to Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, while he gets his hair cut into a mohawk in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Students react while Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, gets his hair cut into a mohawk at the Ontario Center School in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Bill Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, takes a photo with his students after getting his haircut into a mohawk at the Ontario Center School in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Linda Brock, mother-in-law, reacts to cutting Bill Lassiter’s hair into a mohawk at the Ontario Center School in Ontario on Monday, May 20, 2019. Lassiter, a 4th and 5th grade teacher, told his students that he would shave his head into a Mohawk if they achieved all of their reading goals for the year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
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For the first time in years, all 24 students did, reading more than 315 books and passing the associated Accelerated Reading tests.
“They got it with a week to go” before the end of school on Friday, Lassiter said. “They were on it. They were very self-motivated.”
Lassiter, a 21-year veteran of teaching, is no stranger to stunts to motivate his students.
“I got pink hair one time,” early in his teaching career, he said. “But that washed out.”
But on Monday, his mother-in-law, Linda Brock, manned the clippers. Luckily for Lassiter, Brock is a veteran, having given two whole haircuts prior to Lassiter’s Mohawk.
“It looks good?” he asked his hooting and cheering students as Brock shaved a bare horizontal stripe along the side of his head.
“Normally, at the barber shop, there’s like a mirror you can look at while it goes,” Lassiter said. “I can’t even see anything.”
But his students wanted even more, chanting “the beard must go.”
“The beard is beautiful,” Lassiter scolded, shooting that idea down.
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After Brock greased his remaining hair up into a spiky Mohawk, the students had another idea, chanting “dye it pink” in unison.
“Hey, listen, listen,” Lassiter said, quieting his students with a single raised finger. “No.”

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