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chupie 09-04-2013 12:50 PM

Girl sent home for wearing Afro or locs
 
Grrrrrrr >:( http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/0...o-distracting/

Firefox7275 09-04-2013 04:09 PM

An afro is what combed kinky coily hair does naturally, and dreadlocks are what it does naturally if not combed (yes I know locs are normally styled and maintained). Did they learn nothing from the school than tried to ban the afro puff, AKA the humble ponytail?
Ohio School Bans Afro Puffs and Braids *UPDATE!* | Black Girl with Long Hair

And apparently this time the school is run by African Americans
Tulsa school sends girl home over hair - Page 2

SpiralSpunk 09-05-2013 11:57 PM

I came accross a follow up interview with the girl's father: Exclusive Interview w/ Father of Girl Sent Home for Wearing DreadLocks- "We Just Want Our Story Heard" | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care

This school also spanks the children with paddles!!!

Korkscrew 09-06-2013 02:54 AM

I would document everything that happened, demand a copy of the dress code rules from the school and then lawyer up.

adthomas 09-08-2013 12:56 PM

Deborah Brown Community School - Students Today. Leaders Tomorrow.

Check out the staff. If I had the choice between dealing with racists versus self haters I will take racists any day. I have no patience for self hating black people whose mind sets are still on the plantation with massah. They dislike anything too black and want to be "white washed" because they think that is more acceptable. . And these are hypocrites too. One of the teachers is clearly sporting locs or twists. One teacher got an afro puff. Head lady is rocking a curly fro wig. Also one teacher a Ms?? Gwynn writes about her marriage and divorce in her professional bio. Who does that and who cares and what does her romantic life have to do with her teaching abilities?

Rachet Rachet Rachet. There was nothing unpresentable about that little girl's hair.
My child would not be going to that school.

fightingfrizz 09-08-2013 01:43 PM

So they don't share that philosophy beloved of many school about allowing individuals to express themselves and celebrate their uniqueness... :banghead:

Let's all be clones, yay!

poxyfairyplume 09-08-2013 02:19 PM

Honestly, from the looks of it, they were doing the little girl and her family a favor. I don't understand how her hair was inappropriate. However, it was in the dress code - so they really should have enforced this earlier on if they were going to. It sounds like a very disorganized school. I can understand afros being a problem, and not being able to see the chalkboard, but dreads? Especially the little ones that she has? Come on!

chupie 09-08-2013 02:40 PM

Yeah no. No one has hair so big you can't see a board. If someone wants to wear their hair naturally they should be able to. Dreadlocks certainly wouldn't prevent it either. Frankly it's a bunch of tosh.

adthomas 09-08-2013 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by poxyfairyplume (Post 2207232)
Honestly, from the looks of it, they were doing the little girl and her family a favor. I don't understand how her hair was inappropriate. However, it was in the dress code - so they really should have enforced this earlier on if they were going to. It sounds like a very disorganized school. I can understand afros being a problem, and not being able to see the chalkboard, but dreads? Especially the little ones that she has? Come on!

Can you please explain how they were doing the family a favor?

Also if you grow 7 inches on wavy hair it will hang down. If I grow 7inches of my tightly curly hair it will poof out like afro.. If I am required to braid or straighten my naturally growing hair then you should be too otherwise it is discrimination. I don't see an all girls must pull back their hair policy here. Secondly hair does not loc overnight so it is not like she could have all of a sudden started wearing dreads. Speaking of distraction I considered long flowy hair a distraction in school. I hated sitting behind those girls in high school because they were always getting their hair out of their face by flipping it back and right in my face. I remember a girl finally had enough once and grabbed another girl by the hair. Im not saying that was right but my point is it was a distraction and no one was was making these girls "control" their hair.
And just because a school system has rules people should not feel obligated to accept them if they are unfair. If that was the case we would still have segregated schools. And like I said several of the teachers don't follow this policy so why do the students have to respect rules the teachers don't.
To say afros and dreads are fads is laughable. What do they think we did for centuries before relaxers, blowdryers and pressing combs? If anything is a fad it is straightening.

Korkscrew 09-08-2013 06:01 PM

Yeah, I mean come on ... if an Afro is capable of blocking the chalk board, so are a lot of styles that have nothing to do with an Afro, as AdT just pointed out. Plus, this ignores the obvious fact that plenty of Afros are short and, like any short style, won't block much of anything. How silly.

I'm one of many people who has "big hair" without any kind of Afro. Even straightened (as straight as I can get it anyway) it appears big. So I could see where "big hair" in general could be distracting. But it's some kind of crap for a school to single out one group of peoples' hair styles if the main issue is just "blocking the chalk board" :roll:

chupie 09-08-2013 06:28 PM

Seriously. If hair is such a distraction they should require all students be bald.

CurlyInTheFog 09-09-2013 04:32 PM

I think poxyfairy meant the school did them a favor because she's in a much better school now.

I don't see the point of having dress codes if a) you're not going to enforce them uniformly (last year vs. this year); b) you're not going to enforce them with staff; c) you don't have a good reason for them, especially in light of what the school is ostensibly trying to accomplish.

Paddling is not uncommon in some private schools, especially religious ones. I refused to enroll my son in an otherwise good school because they had a paddling policy. I also grew up in the era of public school corporal punishment, and believe me, we behaved, but most of us were scared sh*tless of the teachers who spanked, shook, rapped knuckles with the ruler, etc. My second grade teacher was a tyrant. If the only way you can maintain order is to terrify your students, then you shouldn't be teaching. It sounds to me like that family is well shut of that school.

SpiralSpunk 09-09-2013 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by CurlyInTheFog (Post 2207603)
I think poxyfairy meant the school did them a favor because she's in a much better school now.

I don't see the point of having dress codes if a) you're not going to enforce them uniformly (last year vs. this year); b) you're not going to enforce them with staff; c) you don't have a good reason for them, especially in light of what the school is ostensibly trying to accomplish.

Paddling is not uncommon in some private schools, especially religious ones. I refused to enroll my son in an otherwise good school because they had a paddling policy. I also grew up in the era of public school corporal punishment, and believe me, we behaved, but most of us were scared sh*tless of the teachers who spanked, shook, rapped knuckles with the ruler, etc. My second grade teacher was a tyrant. If the only way you can maintain order is to terrify your students, then you shouldn't be teaching. It sounds to me like that family is well shut of that school.

I just assumed that corporal punishment was illegal these days - just learned that it is legal for public schools in 19 states and private schools in 48.

Your second grade teacher is the exact reason why I wouldn't give that permission to a teacher or school. Reminds me of the movie/musical Matilda. You're right students should not be terrified of teachers.

This family was given the push they needed to leave that (awful IMO) school.

adthomas 09-10-2013 09:55 PM

Tulsa Charter School Board Votes To Change Controversial Dress Code Policy - NewsOn6.com


Update

Korkscrew 09-11-2013 02:16 AM

Still, I wonder if they just plan to throw more shade in the form of that "hygiene" policy. ... The family says they received no apology. What the frig?

At least this sets an informal precedent for future schools that wanna pull this stunt. Good work Parker family :D

Firefox7275 09-11-2013 11:40 AM

They seem to have a strange definition of 'amended' - that's a totally different policy!

Firefox7275 09-12-2013 11:48 AM

Some people just don't think, from another forum in respect of a different hair story (college male with native American heritage being told to cut his hair)
"Before I clicked on the article I was expecting to see a huge afro, or perhaps frizzy dreadlocks. Something that looks unkempt, really. But his hair is pristine and pretty discreet. I hope the school comes to their senses."

Korkscrew 09-12-2013 03:50 PM

LOL whoever made that remark is a complete dolt - sounds like a case of one straight-haired person complimenting someone else with straight hair (and pathetically slamming others to feel better about him/herself).

As for the Natives, they've been pressured to chop down their locks since this country was "founded".

Firefox7275 09-12-2013 05:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Korkscrew (Post 2208414)
LOL whoever made that remark is a complete dolt - sounds like a case of one straight-haired person complimenting someone else with straight hair (and pathetically slamming others to feel better about him/herself).

As for the Natives, they've been pressured to chop down their locks since this country was "founded".

Having been pulled up and had the Tulsa story linked to, they (caucasian wavy I think) now say
"I meant 'unkempt' from the school's point of view. Obviously the new coach was concerned about the school's squeaky clean image, and I can see how someone like that would be prejudiced against hair that is out of the ordinary.

Of course I'm not saying that afros or dreadlocks are bad choices. But someone who is ignorant about anything other than caucasian hair could easily jump to the wrong conclusions. They might see an afro and think 'unkempt!', or dreadlocks and think 'dirty hippy!'. I'm very glad the school has reconsidered
."

chupie 09-12-2013 06:31 PM

Oh for pity's sake. Do they live under a RoCK??


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