Utah Mother says her White 8th Grade Daughter Is Being ‘Racially Profiled’ by School for Wearing Dreadlocks

Caycee Cunningham FOX 13
Caycee Cunningham
FOX 13

A Utah mother is saying that her teenage daughter is being “racially profiled” at her high school for being white and having dreadlocks, which the teen reportedly wears for religious reasons, Fox 13 reports.

“My daughter is white and there happens to be other kids in the school who happen to be other race and ethnicity, and they have hair that can’t be combed, and there’s never been an issue regarding that before,” Caycee Cunningham’s mom, Tonya Judd, told the news station.

It all started when Lincoln Academy, which has a strict dress code policy, reprimanded the teen, calling Judd to tell her that the teen’s dreadlocks were in violation of the code. The teen was asked to remove the locks.

However, Judd and Caycee both say that the teen has worn them for religious reasons since studying abroad in Guatemala. The teen reportedly “grew dreadlocks as part what she calls a spiritual journey in her Hindu beliefs,” according to Fox 13.

“I guess it’s just like representing, like me turning over a new leaf and like trying to find myself,” the eighth-grader said of her hair. “I think they could be a little more accepting of it, and I think they should, because we do live in America and it does kind of boggles my mind a little bit.”

Her mom says she believes that if other students of other ethnicities can wear locks, her daughter shouldn’t have a problem.

“Not only have they been racially profiling my daughter because she happens to be a while girl with dreadlocks, but it’s also taking away the rights of my daughter’s religious beliefs and her spiritual journey,” Judd said.

Lincoln Academy, located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, does not ban dreadlocks specifically but does insist that students have natural hair colors in styles and cuts that are not distracting.

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Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS

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