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School rethinks its ban on dreadlocks

Oklahoma school came under fire for appearance guidelines that critics called discriminatory.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Sep 10, 2013 8:11PM

Recently, 7-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School, a charter school in Tulsa, Okla., for wearing dreadlocks, reports Jezebel.com. Apparently, the girl’s appearance violated the school’s appearance guidelines, which state: “Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

​Still of 7-year old Tiana Parker, who was told her dreadlocks violated her school's dress code (Fox 23, http://aka.ms/Tiana-Parker)
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Well, the school came under national fire after this incident, with many critics saying that there’s nothing “faddish” about dreadlocks and that the policy discriminates against natural black hairstyles.

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Pressure from the public and the American Civil Liberties Union was met with a two-hour school-board meeting. The verdict? The school's appearance guidelines were revised, but the damage was already done. Tiana's parents decided to send their daughter to a different school.

Tell us: What do you think of the school board’s decision?

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Photo: Still of 7-year old Tiana Parker, who was told her dreadlocks violated her school's dress code (Fox 23, http://aka.ms/Tiana-Parker)

Oct 1, 2013 6:06PM
I do not think this needs to be a race issue. But as a white women I do have to say that this is unfair. If white girls can braid their hair in the ways they choose then why can't the African-American girls. This is ridiculous!
Sep 17, 2013 8:39PM

Seems each thing that the Black Culture has the natural capability to do with their natural hair, is a No-No in society. Many jobs one can't be themselves without ruining their hair.


When one even talks of coloring. It was OK when the white culture wore that blue all over hair color to cover up their grey? Or, if they wore a bow in their hair? They weren't called racial names like "Topsy".

Then, the huge high, very teased hair that resembled Marge Simpson, the higher the better. Was seen in so many Business Offices and thought of as beautiful.


Go figure?

Sep 17, 2013 5:45PM
I think the only ban should have been on hair colors. And I would have taken my kid out of the school too. Who knows what other moron decisions they will make!
Sep 17, 2013 1:06PM
I see nothing wrong with wearing dread locks, why is it unaccpetable? It's a natural hairstyle. sometimes i feel like we're not living in the 21st century....
Sep 14, 2013 3:12PM

She went from a 97 % Black school to a 99% Black Skool.

I just hope she gets a good Edjumakation.

Sep 13, 2013 9:27PM
I think they knew they were about to have their asses handed to them when they were sued!  They were being racist.
Sep 13, 2013 8:33PM

It seems to me that schools are now the new bully on campus.

Sep 12, 2013 10:51PM
It's quite obvious what the school was trying to do with the wording in this policy if you really think about it. They were saying we don't want blacks in our school. Plain and simple. More of the kind of stuff that seems to have caught fire in America these days. Kill a black man and get paid like George Zimmerman. I can't believe that he got all that money from people off the internet. Now he can continue his life in comfort, run around with his gun and think he is invincible. OJ jr. He will end up in jail because his ego is now out of control.
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