What? School Bans Afro Puffs and Braids on Black Girls

June 21, 2013  |  
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We can’t even begin to understand this. Today, The Root reports that Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio circulated a letter to parents that stated in the upcoming school year, they would no longer be okay with their female students wearing Afro puffs or “small twisted braids”. If your girl has natural hair, well, she’s just out of luck. This ban essentially rules out the most popular styles girls wear their hair in.

The site Black Girl Long Hair points out the dress code is unclear; do those rules apply just to boys and girls? If the rule is directed at boys, then maybe that makes a little more sense; many private and charter schools do you have rules that prevent boys from having their hair long. The letter states the school is committing to eradicating gang violence. Because hairstyle is an important way to for gang members to identify one another, it does perhaps make sense that everyone cut their hair in the same way. But if that’s the case, the school needs to be very specific about this because it does sound like a racially-motivated attack. No other hairstyles (like ponytails on students with straight hair) have been banned, according to the letter.

The school has kept mum on the issue. The Root contacted Horizon Science Academy and was told the company owns many schools in the state and it’s very hard to know where exactly this took place. What do you think about this ban on hairstyles?

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