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Ohio school bans afro puffs & braids

In a new dress code coming under fire, afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands, are not permitted.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jun 21, 2013 5:03PM

The natural hair community is up in arms after a letter to parents detailing the new dress code at The Horizon Science Academy in Ohio was posted online. The letter included a ban on afro puffs and “small twisted braids.”

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The letter outlines changes to the dress code for the upcoming school year and includes the line:

“Afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with our without rubberbands, are NOT permitted.”

Afro-puffs are basically the African-American version of the ponytail (when pulled back hair puffs out instead of laying flat), reports Reason.com. The school reportedly does not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities.

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Image: Copy of the Horizon Science Academy letter detailing changes to the dress code (Courtesy of Blackgirllonghair.com)

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Jul 22, 2013 8:00PM
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in reference to fdsah33. I am saying that the afro-puff was not the only restriction, yet that is where the attention is being drawn. That is BS.
Jun 29, 2013 5:31AM
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Afro puffs are basically just pig tails for people who have African hair. If you can't braid it, and you can't let put a band on it, what are you supposed to do with it? Little girls aren't supposed to get their hair chemically straightened. If you do it before puberty has changed her hormones you could permanently damage her scalp, and her hair growth. Without chemical straighteners, heat straighteners are very time consuming, and also can really damage hair. Basically you're making every child of African descent cut their hair short, regardless of gender.
Jun 29, 2013 4:25AM
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Even though this is a government supported charter school,you do have to apply and get accepted. So if you have a problem with the rules,pick another school. The demographic for this school is 79% black,so I'm fairly certain that they are aware of "black" hair issues.

 Not everything in life is about race. Sometimes it is just about following the rules. This overly political correct world that we live in need to take chill the heck out. 

Jun 29, 2013 3:19AM
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First of all, this is a PUBLIC CHARTER school. So it's not a private school - they can't do whatever they want. People sending their children to this school are probably sending them there for a better education than they'd get at their other regular public school, and in order to get their kids into a charter school they have to fill out an application to be enrolled through a lottery process. Because charter schools are public, they are funded by the government.

 

Coming from a charter school, I know what a dress code is. I get the whole "trying to teach professionalism" thing - we had the same no unnatural hair color, no piercings except for ears, and no tattoos rules. But there comes a point when dress codes are overbearing and move way beyond trying to "eliminate distractions" and instead into being too controlling and authoritative. Sure, it's important to teach students the importance and basics of professionalism - but seriously? Wearing fake glasses and jewelry and hair clip-in accessories is all part of being a kid and expressing yourself. When you get a job in the real world, then real life starts - and there are far greater restrictions. Why not allow students some freedom before they completely grow up? There's more to life than strictly focusing on academics - and I can attest to that fact as a recently graduated high school valedictorian. Who had a streak of bleached hair.

 

And lastly, on the topic of Afro-puffs and braids: there's no way the school will be able to keep that rule in place. It is so clearly discriminating. Parents shouldn't have to choose between a good education or a discrimination-free environment for their children. And for those of you who claim people are just "playing the race card," you're naïve - this situation is more than a questionable foul play scenario, it's a tangible example of direct racism. The rule would be similar to telling all white/Asian/Latina girls that they could only come to school with curly hair if their hair was straight, or vice versa - but the school didn't do that. Their dress code is wrong on sooo many levels.

Jun 29, 2013 3:02AM
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For starters it's a science school for advanced students. Be real, how many kids there are black?

that should be the real issue.

 

Black culture last i checked was about  GETTIN MONEY and HO'S, and those free OBAMAPHONES!

 

Hair is a danger btw.

 

I KNOW a girl who lost her entire scalp getting her long hair caught in something.

ENTIRE scalp..almost died. maimed for life.

Jun 29, 2013 2:52AM
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WELL HELL MOST PEOPLE WITH BRAIDS & AFRO PUFFS ARE BLACKS.

THIS WOULD BE REASON FOR THEM TO GET MAD. NOW IF THE RULES

WENT AGAINST STYLES THAT OTHER RACES WHERE KNOW FOR THEN

THOSE FOLKS WOULD BE MAD AS WELL! SO NO IT'S NOT LIKE BLACKS

WOULD BE MAD FOR NO REASON. MAKES ME THINK WHO WERE THE

ONES MAKING THE RULES????????????? IF THE STYLES ARE NEAT THEN

THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH. EVERY PERSON HAS A DIFFERENT STYLE!

I DON'T SEE THIS AS BEING FAIR , AND THEY DON'T EITHER! WHY CHANGE

THE RULES IF THEY WERE SO IMPORTANT???? MONEY????????

Jun 29, 2013 1:53AM
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OK I have a question....it says no jewelry with the exception of a watch. Is that the ONLY jewelry they can wear?

I'm curious what they do if a student has a medical issue and needs to wear a medic-alert bracelet or necklace? Is that just an automatic given or do they need permission for that also? If they are going to post rules then it needs to be specific for everything not just certain things. I never saw anything wrong with braids or afro-puffs as long as they were taken care of and it didn't look nasty or disgusting.

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