*The Deborah Brown Community School has changed its policy, and now recognizes fros and locs as acceptable styles. Read more about it here.*
The father of a 7‑year-old Oklahoma girl felt he had no choice but to pull his daughter out of school after repeated hassling from school officials who said her locs detracted from the educational atmosphere. Terrance Parker, who is a barber, claims the school repeatedly reprimanded him about his daughter’s locs although they are kept neat, and she is a straight A student.
The school’s dress code states that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” But Mr Parker contends that Tiana attended school last year without issue.
Now the twist here, is that the school, Deborah Brown Community School, is headed up by mostly black Americans. And it seems they have taken a defiant tone in the midst of the criticism.
Yesterday, after this story went viral online, administrators posted “Out of sight, out of mind” on the school’s Facebook page, which many took to mean that they were unconcerned about Tiana’s absence and the issues surrounding it.
To date, they haven’t given any official statements about their school rules.
A meme has been circulating highlighting the seeming hypocrisy of the school’s policy given that its founder and executive director wears a textured wig.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on all this?