The Deborah Brown Community School’s policy against “faddish” hair — “such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks” — led to a 7-year-old girl being sent home from school in tears. Tiana Parker’s father, Terrance Parker, told KOKI that he was forced to pull his daughter out of the Tulsa charter school after administrators hassled the family about her appearance. Parker, who’s a barber, said school officials at Deborah Brown told him that Tiana’s hair didn’t look presentable. “She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” Parker told KOKI. “She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems,” he added, telling a reporter that Tiana’s hairstyle had not changed. “It hurt my feelings to the core,” Parker said as he comforted his visibly upset daughter. Tiana, a straight-A student, has been enrolled at another school that welcomes her new hairstyle.
Tiana began to cry when the reporter asked her why she was sad.
Deborah Brown Community School’s policy mandates uniforms and lays out other specific rules for students’ hair as well, saying, “For safety reasons, girls weaved hair should be no longer than shoulder length. Wearing weaved hair in multiple colors is not allowed. Boys’ hair is to be short and neatly trimmed. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings.” The school’s charter enforces the strict dress code to maintain a “respectful and serious atmosphere” and states that students who fail to wear the proper uniform will be sent home for noncompliance. Officials from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa declined speak to the station on camera, but administrator Millard Jones told KOKI that Terrance Parker was fully aware of what was expected.
This just seems to be a regular occurrence that’s happening more and more. Community School’s policy mandates uniforms and lays out other specific rules for students’ hair as well, saying, “For safety reasons, girls weaved hair should be no longer than shoulder length. Wearing weaved hair in multiple colors is not allowed.” Come on man! Who is that really targeted at? Who else wears this kind of hair styles. This reminds me of what happened not to long ago with the story of the Teacher in MI Cuts Little Girls Natural Hair Off .
“They didn’t like my dreads,” said Tiana.
“She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems,” said Parker.
Parker said her hair looked the same.
“It hurt my feelings to the core,” said Parker.
“I think that they should let me have my dreads,” said Tiana.
Tiana, a straight A student, wears a different school uniform now, but the same hair style, which looks perfectly fine according to her new school.
The school’s dress code states “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
The school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.
In my opinion it’s all discrimination, it’s no different. So please, by all means, go to the Deborah Brown Facebook Page and complain!
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