Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home First Day of School For Having Long Hair – UPDATE
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By Toyacoyah Brown on August 28, 2014
“Malachi was excited to start school all summer long. After we had enrolled him he was excited, everyday it was the question, ‘mom are we going to school?’” said Malachi’s mother, April Wilson.
Excited about his first day of school, Malachi walked into the doors of F.J. Young Elementary only to be told he couldn’t attend because his hair was too long.
Never mind that their mascot has long hair! And the town they live in is also named after the Seminole Indians. Watch more of the story from CBS 7 News:
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.powwows.com
My son has long hair. Most people assume he is a girl.
Parents sometimes ask me why I have his hair long, like I need to give them a reason. @getgln
=== UPDATE ===
By Glenn Robinson on August 18, 2015
The school’s code of conduct (page 4-5) still states, a year after the news brought to light this gender and culture bias, that prohibited hairstyles include:
- Ponytails (for boys)
- Long hair (for boys) However, note the hair displayed on the Seminole School district website – image below
- Mohawks (The school is in a city with a Native American name)
- Patterns in the hair (does this include corn rows?)
- Shavings in the hair
Source: F.J. Young Elementary School – Code of Conduct This topic was brought up in 2002, with no resolution. Source: Seminole ISD, Board Policy Manual