Many of us who have children are excited about our son or daughter’s first day of school. New clothes, backpage, the nerves of if they will miss us, will they want us, not to mention, the kid’s who have nervousness of leaving for a new place with people they don’t know.
Now, picture this. A 4-year old boy goes to his first day of school and mom has him dressed well, teeth brushed and ready to learn. Excited to see his new friends and then Mom gets the call from the school. Her son is not allowed to continue to go to class…because his hair is too long.
This is a real story. Jessica Oates got that call because the school her son attends in Mont Belvieu, TX has a a dress code, one that Jessica adhered to with clothing, but not her son’s hair.
According to her side of things, her son has NEVER had his hair cut, because it makes him special. The school districts doesn’t care about that. They have a dress code and believe Jessica’s son has hair that doesn’t comply with the code where “male pupils’ hair be above the eyes, ears and neck”. Unfortunately, Jessica’s son violates that rule.
According to the district, for Mrs. Oates son to attend Barber Hill Elementary (insert ironic comment here), he can cut his hair or she can get a letter explaining any religious or cultural exceptions. to this day, she has not provided any documentation.
What are your thoughts on this?
Should a child be denied an education because of their hair length, even if it is a dress code violation, or should the school district lighten up?