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Latest News USA Today: Texas School Tells Woman To Cut Grandson’s Dreadlocks Or Put Him In A Dress – “Is My Hair Distracting You?”

by Chike Ezegbu
Texas School Tells Woman To Cut Grandson's Dreadlocks

Latest News USA: Texas School Tells Woman To Cut Grandson’s Dreadlocks Or Put Him In A Dress

A local school board is under fire after the superintendent told a Texas grandmother, Randi Woodley, to cut her grandson, Michael’s, long dreadlocks or wear him a dress if he wanted to stay in school. The 4-year-old who is also known as “Tink”, was told by a Tatum Elementary School teacher that his hair violated the school’s dress code, which mandates, “no ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male buns, or puffballs are allowed on male students.” The code also stipulates hair for boys “shouldn’t extend past the top of a t-shirt collar.”

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Woodley who has been taking care of Tink since he was 8 months old, was told to come into the principal’s office in August 2018 and told “that my grandson’s hair was too long.” There was a one-on-one meeting with Superintendent, Dr. J.P. Richardson in which Woodley was given three options. “He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up—or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school. And when prompted, my grandson must say he’s a girl.”

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However, she’s continued to resist the district’s regulation claiming it discriminates against children of color. There was a school board meeting about the situation Monday night and some parents held signs reading “Is my hair distracting you?” and “I stand with Tink.”

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“I will be here at every board meeting,” Woodley said at the gathering. “I will fight to get all of the rules changed.”

One parent identified as Kambryn Cox, who faced a similar issue with the school board about her child, Kellan, said “My son came home, and said, ‘Mom, I think there’s something wrong with my hair.”

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“With my son’s dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face,” she added. “So I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then that’s a problem [too].”

Cox and Woodley plan to continue fighting until the rules are changed and hope their children learn from the experience.

“I teach him to be his own individual, and I don’t think he should ever feel insecure,” Cox said.

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