In a quest to make a bigger level about scholars’ non-public freedom, one Arizona mom pulled her son out of his college after he violated his college get dressed code by means of dressed in braids.
On January 31, Brittany Anderson of Phoenix gained a telephone name from Teleos Prep Academy, the place her 12-year-old son Nasir attends college. “A teacher [stated] that my son’s hair was against the school uniform policy, he is clean cut with 2 French braids going to the back,” Anderson wrote on Facebook. “The teacher told me I need to come and pick him up from school and basically could not return until his hair was no longer the same.”
Anderson’s publish persevered: “So I asked the teacher how are these kids able to freely express themselves if your trying to prohibit them from doing so? Of course the teacher had nothing to say, and people wonder why so many kids are [committing] suicide, to me that’s a form of bullying because your talking about my sons hair. My son is 12, no behavior issues, well mannered and is no trouble at all. So I asked the teacher and the front office staff if braids are a form of being in a gang or does it signify that my son is at all gang affiliated? Still no one had anything to say, except for one who [said] that there are not enough parents who challenge the handbook.”
Anderson felt strongly that her son’s coiffure was once suitable, so she selected to withdraw him from college. “I don’t believe in anyone dictating how my son should look especially if he’s following these uniform guidelines they have in place,” she wrote on Facebook. “My voice will be heard and I will not stop here.”
On Thursday, Arizona information station ABC15, which broke the tale, revealed a portion of the college manual, which bans shaved heads, mohawks, rattails, ponytails, and, for boys handiest, braids.
“My son has been going to school with braided hair for the past six months, and Monday — the day of school pictures — was the first time I was notified that it was a problem,” Anderson, 32, a mom of 3, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I had previously received an email stating that hair had to be ‘well-maintained’ and ‘conservative,’ but with no further explanation.”
That day, Anderson left her activity as manager of affected person registration at a sanatorium and went to pick out up Nasir. Once there, she says she requested a instructor why braids had been a contravention. “I said, ‘Do you feel braids are gang-affiliated?’ and he didn’t answer, other than, ‘It’s the rules.’”
She provides, “If this was a problem six months ago, I would never have allowed my son to grow out his hair.”
Great Hearts Academies, which operates 28 constitution schools, together with Teleos Prep, didn’t go back Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for remark. However, it despatched the next remark to ABC15:
“As is the case with many public schools in Arizona, Great Hearts has a dress code policy for all of our academies. We are transparent about this policy and it is clearly stated in the Family Handbook, which is provided to parents to review and sign before their child starts school with us. We take great care in fairly and consistently upholding our policies for all students. We understand parents have a choice about where their children attend school, and some may not agree with our dress code policy, which is certainly their right. We’re sorry to see this family leave the Teleos Prep community, but we fully respect their decision to do so.”
Anderson enrolled her son in any other college that day and insists the drastic transfer was once important, telling Yahoo Lifestyle, “I never want my son to feel as though he doesn’t have a voice.”
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