DO SCHOOLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BAN HAIR?
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?