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DO SCHOOLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BAN HAIR?

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Last week, parents and students at Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio were stunned and outraged at some changes in the dress code that banned Afro puffs and “small twisted braids.” The school quickly recanted the dress code after receiving many complaints.

The school’s dean of students Jayson Bendik issued an apology for anyone that may have been offended by the dress code. “We had no intention of creating any bias,” Bendik said. “We made a mistake and we fixed that mistake immediately,” he stated.

An advisory-board member for the school, James Knight, stated that the dress code addition had nothing to do with African-American girls. It was intended for African-American boys. “It had nothing to do with young ladies, young African-American ladies. It was really more so addressing young African-American men here at this school,” he told the Huffington Post. “We want to maintain a certain type of college prep culture here, and we just want the young men to be well-groomed.”

Some people think that the dress code would have been perfectly acceptable if it specified African-American males. Others feel that even if the dress code was targeted at the correct intended audience, it doesn’t negate the fact that it was a discriminatory code.

What do you think? Was the school board wrong for targeting ANY race or gender or would they have been justified in targeting African-American males? Should our kids be allowed to express themselves with through hair  in school, no matter what the style? 

 

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  1. banning hairstyles because its a college prep school is ridiculous. when I when to college I saw all sorts of hair styles. no one banned them, no one said “you can’t learn here, we don’t like your hair.”

    If they want to prepare kids for the work place then fine. Have a person come in and teach a course on what employers are looking for, ( I could have used a course like that) but banning hair is dumb and since most styles banned are Afro American styles it can be argued that its racist as well. .

  2. I’m a white female who doesn’t know a lot about hair in general, but this incident pissed me right off! Oh sorry, we meant to just be discriminating towards young black males not anyone else? Did they also have a rule of no pony tails or other “non short” styles for young white students? So disgusting! They are young, they should be able to wear their hair and express themselves any what they want to. They’ll find out in the real world whether puffs and braids inhibit them from getting the job they want or inhibit them in any way. And maybe if enough intelligent, educated, kind, creative change makers and leaders start to wear their hair any way they please then we might all drop the stereo typing and except individuals for who they are and what their actions are vs their hair cut.

  3. Soooo people/males can’t have long hair and still be well groomed??? I thought grooming had more to do with having things clean and neat.

    • I think parents of any race should be able to
      Dress their kids young men or young ladies
      Any way they feel as long as the kids are
      Dressed neatly,hair done(any length) & not
      Sticking out all over the place & the young
      Men arent sagging ( not during school hours anyway)
      Nobody especially not anyone in the school
      ( teachers,principal,nobody should tell any
      Parent how the kids should be dressed,
      IS ANY SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS PAYING MM. YOUR FAMILYS BILLS,PUTTING CLOTHES
      ON THE KIDS BODIES,PUTTING FOOD ON
      YOUR TABLE OR PAYING FOR ANY CHILD
      TO BE IN SCHOOL?!
      ” HELL TO THE NO THEY ARENT SO JUST
      BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE TO TEACH
      EVERY CHILD,THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO
      TELL ANYONE HOW YOUR CHILD
      SHOULD BE DRESSED!!!”
      THAT GOES FOR ALL SCHOOLS,RACES &
      ANYWHERE ELSE SUCH AS:SCHOOL FEILD TRIPS,SUMMER CAMP,ETC.
      I HAVE 3 kids ( twin boys.. Now 25 years old,
      1daughter 22 years old,11 grandkids..
      7 grandsons & 4 granddaughters,
      5 great grandkids.. 3 great grandsons & 2
      Great granddaughters which are all in
      School (great grandkids) all my kids &
      Grandkids are grown but our nationalities
      Are: GERMAN,IRISH,ITIALAN,DUTCH
      & INDIAN ( BLACKFOOT & SEMINOL )
      My kids also have African American in
      Their nationalities,the schools tried to tell
      Me how my kids should be dressed but
      Never passed that rule cause me & other parents
      Had a petition & got 9000
      Signatures after that the school didnt try
      To tell us how to have our kids dressed
      Ever again
      So if any of you parents want or feel you
      May have no other option,do the petition
      Guarentee you all will win automaticly!!
      “GOOD LUCK & GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!”
      Uf you

      BECAUSE YHEY

  4. I don’t care what color this child is, she is adorable. I think there are always cruel people who, when handed any power, will exercise their cruelty regardless of any harm they may do. Children are people and not something to be petty about.

  5. Only when the hairstyles are just plain ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with small twisted braids or puffs. However, on the subject of puffs, sometimes they are so big that they obstruct the view of the child sitting behind that child in the class. Our school simply handled this by speaking to the parent/s concerned and advised them of the situation. They were told that the only option the teacher then had was to move the child to the back of that particular row whenever they came with puffs, and this wasn’t fair to thier child and the children were not happy about being moved.. Easy enough, next day the puffs were much smaller or the child came with a different hairsyles. People just need to be diplomatic in their approach.

  6. I went to a college prep high school that mandated that boys be well groomed (no facial hair, no hair longer than ears or the nape of the neck/over the collar), it also banned braids for males. I think the problem had more to do with how the rules were worded. Now, my school was a private, Catholic school so students had the option of obeying the rules or not attending at all. I’m not sure what kind of school this is and what their legal rights are on such matters, but as a parent/student if my hair or how I am allowed to style it is that important to me I would choose a school that allows me to wear my hair as I like. I think this goes along the lines of uniforms/dress codes (in terms of legality).

  7. It was wrong of them to target a specific racial group, whether male or female. If they want all boys to come to school with closely cropped hair then they should say so. However, specifically targeting African American boys while, perhaps, ignoring Caucasian boys with shoulder length or dyed hair or long bangs is discriminatory. Plain and simple.

  8. The little girl in the picture is adorable. I wish a school would tell me my daughter couldn’t wear her hair in twists, afro or braids while the white kids can wear their hair anyway they want.

  9. the school was “wrong and they were big enough to acknowledge the fact and corrected it,the school also apologized.which I commend for doing so. with this being said”seems like every rule is always “targeted at african americans” this stems way back from slavery days and Jim Crow laws…. somethings will never change.

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