DO SCHOOLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BAN DREADS?
Being able to help our kids love the skin that they’re in and love everything about themselves is an important task for any parent. We can tell them that they are beautiful or handsome on the inside and outside repeatedly, but when other influences are telling them that something about their appearance is the contrary, self-esteem can become a never ending battle.
This is exactly what happened to 7-year-old Tiana Parker. The elementary school that she attended told her and her parents that her hair style (dreadlocks) was unacceptable. According to reports, the school told the Parker family that the dreadlocks would “distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.”
Before the elementary school student was removed from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma by her father, parents were already protesting the, what some called racist and limiting, school dress code which banned “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles.”
Even after everything she’s gone through Tiana has said that she likes her dreads and hopefully she will continue to wear them proudly.
What do you think? Do schools have the right to ban hairstyles? Is the ban race-infused?