The Christina School District allowed Brianna, an honors student, to return today because her hair color does not violate the district’s rules, according to an email from the district’s attorney to the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, which had taken up the cause today
Brianna’s parents let her dye her hair pink last week as a reward for good grades, but when she showed up at Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark, officials told her and her parents that the hair color is so disruptive that Brianna can’t come back until her hair is back to its natural color
The school’s policy, which is posted on its website, bans “excessive hair colors, red, blue, green etc.” It allows only “natural color, brown, blond, black, natural red/auburn.”
I hope all kids in Shue-Medill Middle School dye their hair pink to support their sister and freedom of expression!
Moore said the school gave the family three options: bleach out the dye job, wait several weeks for it to fade while Brianna sits in in-school suspension or take her to another school in the Christina district.
Are you F’ing kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sit in in-school suspension or transfer out ??? Hey CSD school board! Did you really approve this part of the policy???
“I don’t think you should be allowed to tell me — as a parent — what color my daughter’s hair should be,” said her father, Kevin.
“The district court’s decision in McNew’s case was based on a 1972 Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, Massie v. Henry, holding that students have a “right to wear their hair as they wish as an aspect of the right to be secure in one’s person guaranteed by the due process clause.” In 1999, the ACLU also represented a Chesterfield County Middle School student who was ordered to leave school because her hair was colored pink. That case never made it to court, as the school immediately reinstated the student once the ACLU intervened.”