A 13-year-old girl was removed from her Toronto middle school class for wearing her natural hair out instead of pulled back. The child says she was sitting in her 8th grade class at Amesbury Middle School doing her work when the principal pulled her out of the class, telling her that if she didn’t pull her hair up she’d have to spend the rest of class time in the office. She also referred to the girl’s hair as “too poofy” and “unprofessional.” The girl’s family has chosen to keep her anonymous to prevent backlash. According to the Toronto District School Board, hair is not covered under school policy.
“I didn’t see what the big deal was about my hair because it wasn’t bothering anybody. I was just doing my work, so I didn’t see why I had to be pulled out of the class,” says the the girl. The principal in question is black woman, and upon learning this information the little girl’s aunt had this to say:
We grow up all this time feeling as though we’re not beautiful.…To think she’ll never get a position or she won’t be accepted in society feel like it was drilled in her when she was younger or when she was growing up and now she’s projecting that onto little black girls that may remind her of herself
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