ohio school bans afro puffs

School in Ohio Bans Afro Puffs and Braids

ohio school bans afro puffs

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The Horizon Science Academy in Ohio is facing heat from the natural hair community after a copy of a letter to parents that included a ban on afro puffs and ‘small twisted braids’ was posted online. The letter details changes to the dress code for the upcoming school year and includes the line: Afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with our without rubberbands, are NOT permitted. It’s unclear what the administration means by small twisted braids, but if they are referring to box braids they are banning a protective style that black girls have worn for generations. Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail (when pulled back our hair puffs out instead of laying down), and yet the rules do not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities.

It’s unspecified whether this ban applies to both male and female students, or male students alone.

The dress code restrictions highlight an age-old struggle that naturals face from both within and outside of the black community.

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I think its is wonderful how people always manage to help knock us a step back. Talk about putting a halt on progression. I look at our natural hair styles as a statement of who were are. We finally look at our hair and find it beautiful and then somebody has the nerve to turn around and classify it as “fadish”. How can we teach our girls to love their hair when you have things like this happening? They will always look at it as a “bad” thing What do you think banning afro puffs, braids and other natural hair styles will accomplish? Nothing. I think this is absurd and it needs to be addressed. This is why i love blogs so much. We have our own voice and can bring issues like this to the forefront without anyone’s permission. Big shoutout to Black Girl With Long Hair for posting this article and giving it some attention.

These are the dress code letters.

ohio school bans afro puffs

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So what do you all think? Do you think it’s their school their rules? Or do you see this as a form of discrimination considering that other ethnicities don’t really wear these kinds of hairstyles?

For further discussions, check out the thread in the forum about this topic.

****************UPDATE***********

You ladies are detectives! It looks as though they company who owns the school facebook page has been discovered, Concept Schools: Charter School Management and the assault on their pages has already begun. I am pretty sure it’s just beginning. I encourage EVERYONE to go complain! I love yall!
(1) Concept Schools - Charter School Management Company

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**************UPDATE 06/21/2013 4:12 pm*************
WELP! It’s clear that yall got the schools attention because they just emailed me! O_O.
Here is the email:

To Whom It May Concern,

Horizon Science Academy of Lorain would like to inform you that the necessary steps have been taken to address the concerns of the community with regards to our dress code policies. We have made the necessary corrections to the policy and want to apologize to whomever it may have offended. Horizon prides itself on diversity and will continue to help all of our students become successful.

Also, Horizon Science Academy of Lorain has provided a link below to inform you of the letter we are sending to our parents about this situation and to reassure you that we have resolved the matter.

Please inform your members/audience that the concerns have been addressed and we respectfully ask that you remove your story.

http://www.horizonlorain.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DressCodeWebsiteLetter13-14.doc.pdf

Respectfully,

HSA Lorain Administration

Mr. Bendik
Dean of Students
Horizon Science Academy – Lorain

They even attached the letter to the email to show they sent to the parents. Do any of my readers have kids that attend this school? The letter is below.

ohio schools bans afro puffs and braids

Clearly yall know how to make some noise.

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  1. Cia O'Sullivan via Facebook says:

    The funniest, most ironic, and ignorant part is that a few lines above it, they state that the hair must look natural.

  2. Rosalyn Brown via Facebook says:

    This is ridiculous

  3. Danielle Chaney via Facebook says:

    if i’m not mistaken, Horizon is a charter school that is predominantly african-american, so this memo is all sorts of wrong.

  4. Laverne Bryant via Facebook says:

    Really sad

  5. Tamika Bates via Facebook says:

    Wow!!!!! SHEER IGNORANCE. My puff gives me life!!! It is sad that our young girls are taught at an early age that that our version of NATURAL is not accepted.

  6. Moriaha IRadiate Brilliance via Facebook says:

    Im surprised they did not ban weave and locs as well. I wonder if this is an Elementary, Middle or High school…

  7. Schrese Becnel via Facebook says:

    My child would be pulled. I had a job that had something like this in the dress code but they used frizzy and some other word. I was like wouldn’t unkempt hair be a more operative word as um my hair is naturally this way. Needless to say the fro or puff was rocked regularly and I dared someone to challenge it.

  8. Stephanie Alcee via Facebook says:

    So, how are beads allowed but but not braids???? This is nuts!

  9. Michele Campbell via Facebook says:

    WTF?????

  10. Elizabeth NobodybeatstheLiz Allen via Facebook says:

    TK in The AM Fodder for Monday

  11. Elizabeth NobodybeatstheLiz Allen via Facebook says:

    TK in The AM Fodder for Monday

  12. God-lessFulaniYiraX says:

    I would recommend all of the Black parents who have their children in this school first request a meeting with the administrators (leadership) and request a meeting to discuss the removal of said line-item that was disseminated to all parents. If the the leadership of the administration for this school does not remove it, then the Black parents, and I mean all of the Black parents should come together collectively and sue the school.

    This is an insult to the beauty standards that Black Americans set in restoring their self-imagery for their young Black impressionable girls; Black parents are teaching and restoring self-esteem, self-awareness and teaching their children to love themselves and to be proud to be themselves as Black Americans and wear their natural hair.

    This school leadership has failed all of it’s Black students. This action of creating the rule that “Afro puff and twisted braids, etc. are not allowed” is intentional Racism by the leadership of this school. It is a direct assault on Black girls and is a protocol tactic of Racism White Supremacy and Black American parents should not tolerate this mentality from the administration period.

    “If you don’t understand Racism White Supremacy, all that you think you know will only confuse you.” (Neely Fuller, Jr.)

  13. Janelle Coco via Facebook says:

    Is it a joke ??? That’s discrimination !!! …

  14. Fulani Yira via Facebook says:

    I would recommend all of the Black parents who have their children in this school first request a meeting with the administrators (leadership) and request a meeting to discuss the removal of said line-item that was disseminated to all parents. If the the leadership of the administration for this school does not remove it, then the Black parents, and I mean all of the Black parents should come together collectively and sue the school.

    This is an insult to the beauty standards that Black Americans set in restoring their self-imagery for their young Black impressionable girls; Black parents are teaching and restoring self-esteem, self-awareness and teaching their children to love themselves and to be proud to be themselves as Black Americans and wear their natural hair.

    This school leadership has failed all of it’s Black students. This action of creating the rule that “Afro puff and twisted braids, etc. are not allowed” is intentional Racism by the leadership of this school. It is a direct assault on Black girls and is a protocol tactic of Racism White Supremacy and Black American parents should not tolerate this mentality from the administration period.

    “If you don’t understand Racism White Supremacy, all that you think you know will only confuse you.” (Neely Fuller, Jr.)

  15. Violette Meier says:

    Racism. Parents black or white should not stand for this.

  16. Tink Jackson via Facebook says:

    Once again, they trying to change who we are. This is apart of the big problem in the first place with our black women afraid to wear their natural hair right today cuz it’s not good enough! It’s sad how people try to control one another just because its not what someone might not like.

  17. Shawnte Reynolds via Facebook says:

    Check out this story! Necole CH Mateika Martin Rhonda Curry JRu Smith Jonella Wilson Jessica Pittman

  18. Jasmine Peters via Facebook says:

    Kivesta Martin good thing u got out of there before they made you cut your afro puffs lol

  19. Kivesta Martin via Facebook says:

    Bet u I still would hav wore them!! I would purposely defy rules

  20. They can’t possibly be serious. So is this forcing black girls to get perms so their hair will appear more acceptable? I don’t think so!!

  21. They can’t possibly be serious. So is this forcing black girls to get perms so their hair will appear more acceptable? I don’t think so!!

  22. what? i dont understand what the point of half these rules are. people have freedom of expression, and to put it simply these rules are RIDICULOUS. An African american persons hair is naturaly pretty puffy, what the heck are they supposed to do? i wouldnt try to change my kids individuality for this dumb school, even if it were the best school.

    1. Right! On to the next one! All it’s doing is teaching kids they should be ashamed of what grows out of their head

  23. I posted the comment far below on their facebook page, under this comment they posted on May 8.

    ‘ “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

    What ways are you involved in your students’ learning, as a parent, teacher, community member, etc.?’

    Twice they deleted my comment. I guess I had to be satisfied with leaving the message on their recommentations section. Hopefully they do not delete unfavourable recommendations too.

    Please, you educators need to educate yourselves about the issues that are confronting your students, and not just the ones who look like everyone else. You need to look beyond the mainstream culture and understand why some people are the way they are. I am shocked at the ease with which you can prohibit hairstyles like “Afro-puffs” and “small twisted braids.” Perhaps you are not aware that those are the two most simple and useful hairstyles available to people of African descent to use. When we put our hair in those styles, it is not an act of rebellion, or an attempt to be noticed.

    The Horizon Science Academy stated in their letter to parents and students that hair should be “natural, clean, and well groomed.” I’m curious to know what you think natural, clean, and well groomed African-American hair looks like. Perhaps you do not know that before African-American hair looks like European hair, it must first be heat or chemical treated, a process which almost invariably causes pain, burns, hair breakage (copious amounts), bruising and scarring of the scalp, bald spots, and sometimes irreparable damage to the hair follicles. It also involves spending an inordinate amount of time and money to achieve the straightness typical to most (not all) European hair . Even after all this is done, many individuals are unable to achieve the straightness of typical European hair.

    Other hairstyles include wigs and weaves (glued or sewn in), which also are often painful, damaging, and expensive. All these attempts to manipulate African-American hair can be degrading to the psyche of the young black girl, who is already exposed to the bombardment of media portrayals of Eurocentric standards of beauty. I hope you can now see how banning natural hairstyles can be harmful to the young black girl’s self image, making her feel like the way she was born is not “good enough” or “natural” as per school standards.

    Kindly show just how you are involved in the education of your students by educating yourselves, your staff, and your administration about the pertinent issues affecting your students, both those from the mainstream and minority cultures. This is spoken out of great concern for the effect of this view on current or future students of your school, and the unfortunate precedence it could set for other schools. Please, act in the best interests of all your students.

  24. Mateika Martin via Facebook says:

    Wow! I’m completely floored!!! Are they serious???

  25. Ruby Thomas says:

    this is more discrimination and if the parents of all children would stop letting their children TELL THEM WHAT TO DO then this wouldn’t even be an issue. parents BE PARENTS and send your kids out looking like DECENT young people and not like their going to a fashion show or cabaret. and while you’re at it please bathe and dress your kids before school and boys stop showing your ass with the sagging pants. we don’t want or need to see your underwear or your butt. AS SAID BEFORE PARENTS BE PARENTS

  26. watergiver says:

    Lose your “identity” and you lose your self-respect. And you wonder why every little black girl wants a knee-length, blonde weave in their hair along with a white doll with blonde hair to match!

    In your “natural” state you are BEAUTIFUL. It’s the blonde wigs, weaves, Lye-burning perms that make you unattractive to, not only other races, but to your own selves!

  27. Asad Jaleel says:

    Dress codes, in general, are vulnerable to abuse. It sounds like a great idea to have a list of standards so that students will look after their appearance. But they turn into exercises in fascism. It’s clear that this policy discriminates against African-Americans. Other dress codes discriminate based on gender, orientation, and religion.

  28. HSA Administration says:

    Horizon Science Academy of Lorain Responds

    We would like to inform you that the necessary steps have been taken to address
    the concerns of the community with regards to our dress code policies. We have
    made the necessary corrections to the policy and want to apologize to whomever
    it may have offended. Horizon prides itself on diversity and will continue to
    help all of our students become successful.

    Also, Horizon Science Academy of Lorain has provided a link below to inform you of the letter we are sending to our parents about this situation and to reassure you that we have resolved the matter.

    http://www.horizonlorain.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DressCodeWebsiteLetter13-14.doc.pdf

    Respectfully,

    HSA Lorain Administration

    1. anonymous says:

      This is something that should have NEVER happened in the first place. It is total and absolute RACIAL DISCRIMINATION at its worst and just goes to show how small minded and ignorant your school is. I honestly do not think racist people like this should be teaching children because you might as well tell all the black little girls to stop being black or to bleach themselves, I assure you if i will NEVER allow my child to go there and if i know anyone that is going there i will tell them of this DISGUSTING thing you people did. I have already warned my friends. Update yourselves you are no longer living in the damn 1800’s unless the whole school is as backwards. I think everyone should pull their kids out of that school and make you people go bankrupt and have no more funding, bunch of RACISTS!

  29. Taneicesaya Necee Spencer via Facebook says:

    You go girl

  30. Linda A Ritscher via Facebook says:

    WTH!!!?? Then they better ban all types of braids, AND all hair that may stick out including any type of naturally curly hair. Must all be straight as a board, including all teachers, admin, etc.
    That has to be one of the most stupid things I have read recently!! KEEP IT POSTED!

  31. Ahmanielle H. via Facebook says:

    Keep that posted, they were bold enough to post it, let them deal with the repercussions.

  32. Connie Seabon via Facebook says:

    SMH….

  33. Teresa Do'nthefitnessthing Green via Facebook says:

    I’m keeping mine on MY page! It’s BULLSHIT

  34. Vanessa Magali Oden via Facebook says:

    Well what are they supposed to do with their hair if not braids and puffs? Pay for a perm and flat iron or weave? Who is gonna pay for it. SMH

  35. FancyModel Flo Aferi via Facebook says:

    Send me the link, I will post it on my page. I hope not only the black community but all people are moved enough to correct this situation. This is bull! They clearly don’t know how hard it is to manage any kind of curly hair, kinky and all! I would pull my child out of this school and publicize it!

  36. FancyModel Flo Aferi via Facebook says:

    Ok cool

  37. Ladynefertiti Bk via Facebook says:

    Talk about hate. No you needed to keep it up. Who do they think they are.

  38. Please don’t remove this story. This school and others should be continuously reminded of the ignorance that bigotry, xenophobia, and white privilege propagate. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  39. They might as well just say NO students of African descent allowed at the school.

  40. not racism…parents make a CHOICE when they choose to send their children to charter schools. In making that choice, it is their responsibility to be VERY well informed about that school’s policies and practices. They would not have come up with this dress code with the express purpose of excluding black children from the school. Bodies in seats mean bills will be paid. No charter is turning away students unless they are already over-enrolled. Unfair? Sure, but that’s life. You ask me, a little, brown girl with puffy hair piled on top of her head is the cutest things since Winnie the Pooh. But this isn’t about personal preferences. There more than likely, was an incident or concern the previous year that led to the banning of those particular styles. The school may well have had a legitimate concern but in light of their furious backpedaling, I’m guessing they got over it.

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