Wednesday, November 27, 2013

School Threatens to Expel Girl Over Natural Hair

By Randi Reed

Stories like this infuriate me.

This should not happen in 2013. This girl is absolutely beautiful as she is. She should not be forced to change her hair’s natural texture to please anyone or to make anyone comfortable.

If this twelve year-old girl’s natural hair is considered a “distraction,” the fault lies with the students who find it OK to bully her about her hair, and with this school who, instead of offering support to a bullied student, has essentially told her the bullying is her own fault for having a particular natural-- some would say “God-given”-- hair texture. This Christian school is saying she’s not OK as is and wants her to change the natural texture of her hair. That doesn’t seem very Christian to me. (I should know; I was raised by devout Christian Sunday school teacher.)

If the purpose of the rule for not having hair that’s “a distraction” is to prevent students from being singled out, why are they singling her out? Why are they treating her differently than the other students (who, according to the rules, must essentially keep their hair in its natural state by not coloring it)?

Since the other students are obligated to keep their hair in its natural state, why isn’t she even allowed to?

The school administrators are the ones who have made this girl’s hair a distraction, not her. Rather than single this child out even further, I’ll focus on this:

The school should be ashamed for not supporting a bullied student, and for acting in a way that only perpetuates and even endorses the bullying.

It’s just hair, people…(I know some of you just gasped at this. In the grand scheme of things, it is just hair.) But they’ve made it so not.

In a perfect world, I’d want every parent of every student in this school to send their kids to school wearing brightly-colored hair chalk or temporary dye in support of this brave twelve year-old girl for taking her story public.

It’s OK to be different.


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