A Tulsa, Okla. charter school is facing some criticism over an excessively strict interpretation of their school’s dress code. The Deborah Brown Community School is now one student short for the remainder of the school year, after an irate father yanked his 7-year-old from the school over a disagreement with her hair, reports the Inquisitr on Sept. 4.
Terrance Parker said the school hassled him regarding his daughter Tiana’s appearance, saying the young girl’s dreadlocks were not acceptable. The school sent the girl home, in tears.
Parker, who is a barber, said school officials told him his daughter’s hair was a "distraction" to other students. Parker was offended at such a notion.
“She's always presentable,” Terrance said. “I take pride in my kids looking nice.”
School administrator Millard Jones said Terrance Parker was fully aware of what was expected, and failed to make any necessary adjustments. Jones was quick to point out that the school did not ask Tiana to leave their program for the year, dad Terrance pulled her out.
The school's handbook states on page 13 that their “philosophy and program aspires to raise the level of academic excellence through respect for learning. The students, therefore, dress in a uniform to encourage respect and seriousness of school.”
In the same section, the handbook says the following regarding hairstyles:
“Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
For Tiana, the ordeal left her in tears. When asked why she was upset, Tiana sobbed, “They didn't like my dreads.”
Parker said Tiana attended the charter school for over a year already and wore the same hairstyle. Last year, there were no problems with her hair.
“She went to the school last year and didn't have any problems,” Parker said. “It hurt my feelings to the core,” he added.
Tiana, who is a straight A student, now attends a different school. She still has to wear a uniform, but Parker said her hairstyle is perfectly acceptable.
One might say Deborah Brown herself, the school's Founder and Executive Director, is sporting a way more distracting hairdo. Check out the photo at left of her twisted out hair.