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Tulsa Girl Switches Schools Over Dreadlocks

Source:  Sarah B. Weir / Yahoo! Shine

The parents of a Tulsa girl have pulled her from school because the administration wouldn’t let her keep her hairstyle. Speaking with KOKI-TV this week, Tiana Parker, 7, said tearfully, “They didn’t like my dreads.”

According to the parent-student handbook of the Deborah Brown Community School, which Tianaattended until Friday, “Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros and other faddish styles are unacceptable. For safety reasons, girls’ weaved hair should be no longer than shoulder length. Boy’s hair is to be short and neatly trimmed.” The school’s website also states, “Uniforms are required as a part of the strict dress code we strongly enforce.”

Tiana’s father, Terrance Parker, told KOKI that school administrators told him that his daughter didn’t look presentable. “She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” said Parker, who works as a barber. He also said that last year, she wore the same hairstyle to school without consequences. A school representative told Yahoo Shine via email, “We have photo documentation in our yearbook that her hair was not in dreadlocks during the 2012-2013 school year.”

The representative added that Tiana’s mother officially yanked her from the school on Friday at dismissal time: “The parent of the student in question elected to choose a forbidden hairstyle which is detailed in the school policy. The parent was asked to change the hairstyle, however on Friday, August 30th, the parent choose to dis-enroll her child from our program.” Tiana is now attending another school where her hairstyle is considered acceptable.

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  • LadyValentine

    This why people get angry with African American’s we want to change rules instead of obeying them. If is stated in the handbook, you do something different who’s wrong? Now you caused the baby to be disrespected and crying. You knew the rules and now you want to complain as if they are wrong and not you. What are you teaching your child that she doesn’t have to obey rules either?

    According to the parent-student handbook of the Deborah Brown Community School, which Tiana attended until Friday, “Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros and other faddish styles are unacceptable. For safety reasons, girls’ weaved hair should be no longer than shoulder length. Boy’s hair is to be short and neatly trimmed.” The school’s website also states, “Uniforms are required as a part of the strict dress code we strongly enforce.”

    • CGLRAY

      1–She had locs since last year without problem
      2–Locs and afros are not “faddish”–they’ve been around for centuries–just because non black ppl are just “discovering” aspects of black culture doesn’t make them new or faddish (of course there’s a history of folks “discovering” other folks’ culture and claiming it as novel, but that’s a whole other post)
      3–They wanted her to change her hair…so basically they wanted her to shave her head???