*CALLING ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GIRLS WEARING PIGTAILS. We’ve got news for you, baby…
You may be facing suspension.
“But Miss,” you cry. “I make all A’s and B’s and I’m a good girl.” I know sweetie. But that doesn’t matter. It’s your hairstyle. The part in the middle– the one going all the way down from the front of your head to the top of your neck–it’s excessively long.
Sounds ridiculous right?
It is. But after you hear the justification from one Alabama school district official, who nearly suspended a young male student because the part in his hair is considered “excessively long,” can a sweeping dismissal of all little girls wearing pigtails be far behind…if we are talking about ‘being fair’ that is.
Dr. Fred Primm, the superintendant at Bessemer City Schools defends the actions of his staff who threatened to suspend seven-year-old Rashaad Hunter of Birmingham, Alabama because of his hairstyle: a low-cut, neat little ‘fro with a part that is said to “go against school regulations.”
Primm explained (before even seeing Hunter’s hair cut) that defining an “acceptable hairstyle in black and white in the school handbook” is tough, with it is usually handled on a case by case basis.
Read more at EURThisNthat.