photo credit: mark reinstein/shutterstock.coom
A high school superintendent in Texas incited outrage after he demanded a Black male student either cut his dreadlocks or wear a dress and start calling himself a female.
According to the news station KETK in Tatum, Texas, grandmother Randi Woodley was told at a Meet the Teacher event in August that she needed to report to the principalâ€™s office about her grandson.
â€œI went to the principalâ€™s office, where she explained to me that my grandsonâ€™s hair was too long,â€� Woodley said. During that meeting, Woodley said the Tatum Independent School Districtâ€™s superintendent gave her three options.
â€œHe told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school and, when prompted, my grandson must say heâ€™s a girl,â€� she said.
Another parent, Kambry Cox, told KETK her son told her he thinks there is something wrong with his hair.
â€œWith my sonâ€™s dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face, so I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then thatâ€™s a problem,â€� Cox said.
According to the news station, the dress code states that â€œno ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male buns, or puffballs are allowed on male students,â€� and that male studentsâ€™ hair cannot â€œextend past the top of a t-shirt collar.â€�
Angry parents packed the local school auditorium to decry the superintendentâ€™s handling of the Black male studentâ€™s hair. There was also a problem with how the school district interpreted the rules that inordinately impacted students of color in a negative way.
The school district declined KETKâ€™s request for comment on the controversial matter.