According to Fox 13 news, another child has been yanked out of class due to her hair, this time, the incident happened in Belton, Texas and the child is a 9 year old 3rd grader.
A Texas third-grader was allegedly asked to change her hair after her elementary school said the style was not in compliance with the dress code.
Marian Reed told KCEN that her 9-year-old daughter was in physical education class when she was taken out of class. The assistant principal then called home about her hair style.
According to Reed, her daughter’s hair does not lay flat, so she put it in small ponytails, or “afro puffs.”
“She cried and said no one was going to want to be her friend because her hair was not as pretty as the assistant principal’s,” she said. “And, as a parent, that’s heartbreaking because that’s just what God naturally gave her.”
Reed said the school found her style to resemble a fauxhawk, which is similar to a Mohawk, and that those are prohibited according to the school dress code. “It wasn’t in a mohawk,” Reed told KCEN. “It’s not shaved on the side or anything. She was a little girl being 9 years old.”
The child’s mom admitted that she has allowed her daughter to wear a similar style but with synthetic hair which obviously must be more acceptable. She said she does not think it is a race thing but rather a lack of diversity training:
“They could have called me and discussed it with me without pulling her out of class and without having that conversation in front of her because now she’s questioning her natural image,” Reed said. “And, at 9 years old, she’s going to remember that for the rest of her life.”
According to Kcentv:
Before posting her daughter’s experience to Facebook, Reed contacted the district office and spoke with Charla Trejo, the executive director of campus leadership. In an interview Monday, Trejo told KCEN the district was just enforcing the dress code and being consistent.
“We had an assistant principal call a parent and make them aware of the dress code issue,” Trejo said. “And then just try to resolve that by asking them to take care of that.”
Reed said she wants the district to admit there is a problem and take corrective action, including having diversity training, to prevent future incidents.
“Do we need training? We are always willing to train and to learn and do things,” Trejo said. “However, this particular situation was about consistency. It was about making sure we have the same expectations for everyone.”
I do not even understand what they mean by this situation was about “consistency”. Are they suggesting that the child wears the same style every day?
However, I do agree that if Mohawks are not allowed in school then they might question the mini puffs in the form of a mohawk regardless of how you did it in the child’s hair. At the same time, embarrassing the child is never ok! What say you?