A 9-year-old third grader in Tarver Elementary School in Belton, Texas, was pulled out of class to change her God-given hair.
The little girl was sent home because an assistant principal claimed her hair didn’t conform to the school dress code. Mother to the young black girl, Marian Reed, demands school administrators to undergo diversity training, because of racial discrimination in the school.
“She cried and said no one was going to want to be her friend because her hair was not as pretty as the assistant principal’s. And, as a parent, that’s heartbreaking because that’s just what God naturally gave her,” Reed said.
The school administrators claimed that the girl’s hair looked like a fauxhawk, which is prohibited by the school dress code as well as the Mohawk hairstyle.
Reed explained that her daughter’s hair doesn’t lie flat. So she makes “afro puffs” instead of dying or shaving the edges. “It wasn’t in a Mohawk; it’s not shaved on the side or anything. She was a little girl being 9 years old,” she said.
Reed said the school made her daughter at the age of nine feel like something was wrong with her image. “They could have called me and discussed it with me without pulling her out of class,” she said.
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