The family of a black high school senior banned from his own graduation because of his dreadlocks is mounting a campaign against his suspension.
Texas student DeAndre Arnold, 18, received in-school suspension and was told he could no longer walk in his graduation in three months time unless he cut his hair in compliance with their hair policy.
The school’s dress code bars male students from having hair longer than their ears or eyebrows or from passing down their collar.
Activists from Black Lives Matter Houston and the United Urban Alumni Association flooded to the Barbers Hill High School’s board meeting on Monday night, Martin Luther King Jr Day, to protest against what they claim is a discriminatory policy.
Groups turned their back on speakers defending the school’s policy.
The school, based in Mont Belvieu, Texas, argues that the policy is not about race but about the length of Arnold’s hair.
‘There is no dress code policy that prohibits any cornrow or any other method of wearing of the hair,’ said Superintendent Greg Poole.
‘Our policy limits the length. It’s been that way for 30 years.’
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Source: Daily Mail