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.
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.
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.
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!
**************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.
HSA Lorain Administration
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.
Clearly yall know how to make some noise.