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Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:03 PM

 

"Change your natural hairstyle or get expelled" - Outrageous school policy.

Stunningly beautiful, gifted, talented young lady told she must re-style her natural hair or get expelled.

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/change-natural-hairstyle-or-get-expelled--school-tells-12-year-old-girl-213351760.html

A 12-year-old girl will be expelled from a Florida school unless she gets her hair under control, school officials have told her. Vanessa VanDyke, an honors student and violinist at the Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, tells WKMG that administrators have given her one week to decide whether to cut and shape her hair or leave the school, which she has attended since the third grade.


There's a video at the link (I know there's a way to embed the thing, but I'm too tech stupid to know how to do it).

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Reply "Change your natural hairstyle or get expelled" - Outrageous school policy. (Original post)
Amimnoch Nov 2013 OP
Nika Nov 2013 #1
CurtEastPoint Nov 2013 #2
hlthe2b Nov 2013 #3
lake loon Nov 2013 #4
Trillo Nov 2013 #5
fredamae Nov 2013 #6
meow2u3 Nov 2013 #7
mynaturalrights Nov 2013 #8
magical thyme Nov 2013 #9
Amimnoch Nov 2013 #10

Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:13 PM

1. Her hair is very beautiful. She should not change it.

Even if she has to change schools.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:19 PM

3. She is a beautiful child... Shouldn't change a thing... n/t

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:27 PM

4. "christian academy"

 

Of course, control is more important than education.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:34 PM

5. I can't see any pictures, tried a couple of different browsers,

but I rather doubt it is a good deal for her. If she changed her hairstyle to accommodate their demands, my guess is there'd be no reciprocity at all.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:51 PM

6. Yes, indeed-We need a change

New School Admin/Board and leadership/representation/Ed Lobby that allows This kind of discrimination to happen in the first place!

Can we Please leave our kids alone-to be who they are and all they aspire to and Stop making them feel Bad about themselves?

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:53 PM

7. Translation: no African-style hair allowed

Another translation: wear you hear like a white--or else!

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 04:55 PM

8. I thought I read they already back down from it.

 

I'm pretty sure Lawrence O'Donnell covered it on his show the school board changed their minds.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 05:00 PM

9. her hair is beautiful, but the only justification I can see is

 

if its obstructing the view of kids in class. But in that case, it would seem they would have said something before the bullying complaint and she could tie it down just for classes. But maybe the complaint brought it to their attention.

The first article I saw about this said that kids were teasing her about her hair. I'm not convinced teasing equals bullying...it would depend on the nature of the teasing.

They have made a statement that they aren't asking her to cut it or put anything in it, just style it according to their rules.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 08:43 PM

10. If big hair is justification, then the 80's must have had no education.

 

Having gone to high school back in the 80's, if big, poofy hair really posed that much of an obstruction, there would have been no education in the 80's.

Of course I say this somewhat tongue in cheek, but really, in my high school, the vast majority of the girls had HUGE hair! Most schools across the country had it.

I really think this was a case of aversive racism. Plain and simple. Her natural hair didn't fit what they "felt" was the appropriate model to be followed, which is her hair was too ethnic.

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