#SupportThePuff Goes Viral After Girl Was Suspended From School For Wearing Natural Hair

February 20, 2016  |  

The fight and backlash against natural hair is real — real disgusting! And once again, yet another story of young women being attacked for their natural tresses has gone mainstream.

According to Wapa.TV, , a high school student at CR Walker in the Bahamas, was told by her principal that her natural hair was “untidy, ungroomed, and unkept,” which violates school rules. Deleveaux and several other students are also alleging that they were not only reprimanded for simply rocking their natural curls but suspended and threatened with expulsion if they did not straighten their hair. Although the school denies the allegations, Delveveax’s mother took to Facebook to share her daughters story and the outrage she felt over such punishment, explaining that Tayjah’s hair “does not affect her brain.” “What could possibly be so wrong with this hairstyle?!” she wrote. “SHE IS A BLACK CHILD WITH THICK NATURAL HAIR!!!!”

Once the post went viral, the controversy sparked girls all over the world to use the hashtag #SupportThePuff  with a photo of their own beautifully textured tresses in support of women and girls loving their natural hair.

In addition to the millions of hashtags that have surfaced on the internet in the past two days, an online natural hair petition was also created in support of the students. “This petition has been created in support of those students and we encourage you the potential voter to consider the damaging effects of telling our precious darlings that in the year 2016, their hair is not good enough to be worn naturally,” the site reads.

Hype Hair also reports that the country’s ministry of education responded to the comments regarding the issue, saying, “We are fully cognisant of the sensitivity of this matter and are confident that after review with the school administrator, the school board and the individuals involved, the matter will be amicably resolved.”

Violating school rules or not, nothing at all about Delveveax’s screams that she needs to slick it go with water and a brush. Seriously, she just has thick and voluminous hair that is healthy and beautiful! How do you feel about this issue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Teri Manson

    Power to the puff!!!!!

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    it’s always us doing this to us…why?

  • Summer Davis

    Her hair it looks very clean and suits her . I don’t think anyone is required to use chemicals on themselves to look better. Shes beautiful. If the state would focus on education instead of looks then we would all be better off.

  • ZombieGoddess

    Remember the little girl who was a cancer patient and had lost all her hair and was suspended for wearing a wig to school that they didn’t approve of? No, I guess you wouldn’t remember that. Why? Because she was white. It happens to everyone, regardless of color.

  • JackTheGrin

    Written by a nappy headed hoe. What a surprise…(oh where did you go guest? Couldn’t come up with another paraphrasing of my words? That’s what I thought, nothing but crickets when they get shot the hell down lol)

  • Elizabeth Kennedy

    This is total bullshit! I am not a woman of color, but my hair is very curly and wild and no way in hell would I chemically straighten it to fit in with what is considered “normal”???

  • Latonya Hewitt

    It’s a shame that the school administrator was more concerned about the female student’s hair than her education. This is education at its most ignorant moment no matter where in the world people go and seek it.

  • HelenL1

    I am white so it is difficult for me to relate to this particular topic however, I think it is time that this generation really steps up their game and reclaims their hair. Natural is beautiful. I wear my hair naturally all the time and black women should wear their natural hair as well as should white women with very curly hair. We should all be allowed to feel good with the body and skin we are born in. I think that the principal is stuck in a very difficult position as she has essentially been “brain washed” as have many generation to believe there is something “wrong” with black hair. She’s not going to be able to see it differently and it may take many generations for black people as a whole to see it differently. Now she is in the uncomfortable position of being on the news. Also realistically sadly, when trying to get a job in a top firm, it will be difficult for black people with “large” natural hair so I see her point. If I never got a haircut, even as a white woman with slightly wavy hair I couldn’t work at the job where I work. It is not seen as professional in any of us. This is true for all of us in any culture except perhaps India and Mexico, where very long hair is revered. In America it is not. Just as men must shave to work in high positions unless religions dictates they can not. So perhaps the principal’s point is correct as far as professionalism, however this is a child and this is school, not a professional office. The girl will eventually have to cut her hair to a reasonable length “puff” when she wants a job and the girl is I’m sure well aware of that as are we all. I think many of us would like it to be different but it is not. Perhaps what the principal should have said was that the puff can not be that particular length because a professional length is required. Although, truthfully, as a teen I did things then that I would not do as a professional, we need to make exceptions for teens, they only get one childhood. The concept of training children as far as clothes to be professional is outdated. Her scores show that she is prepared for the work field and she will eventually conform or be fired so she doesn’t need to learn from the principal, the world teaches you fast enough. The rules for children and adults in society are different and children should be able to express themselves while still young. Adulthood comes fast enough and lasts a really long time.

  • Jackie Hardy

    I really hope this is not true, Because we need to rock the natural hair instead of weave, Now i don’t have anything neg to about people who wear weave.so please let those that want to rock natural do so,

  • WeAreNotAmused

    Argggghhhh! What is wrong with people? In the Bahamas, no less? I’m a white person with curly hair; it’s hard enough to deal with all the questions and criticism I get. My heart goes out to black men and women, who have been dealing with this insipid prejudice about their hair for many centuries. Natural hair is so much more attractive than straightened hair or all those weaves. All those chemicals and excessive processing are just not healthy. Keep fighting for the right to wear your natural hair. Someone also needs to tell the author or the school that the word is unkempt, not unkept.

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  • Dan Goth

    it’s a shame that people expect this teenager to be like them, but she isn’t white and it is HER hair!

  • LaShawn C. Jones

    What planet does this principal come from? They’re in the Bahamas for goodness sakes!

  • Lisa

    (Black) people in the Caribbean are pretty intolerant. I know this from my time working there as a teacher on an island that shall go unnamed. At the time I was wearing my hair short and natural. It was a sensation and not in a very good way. However, most of the people were willing to overlook my hair because I was so “fair”, as they call it. They even had rules governing the patterns in which the girls (it was an all girls school) could braid/cornrow their hair, so this story is completely believable.

  • Robbin Hester

    I love her hair! It is quite beautiful. I am proud of my sisters for not being ashamed to rock what God gave them. He is not ashamed so why should we be. Thank you God for what you have given us and I am not ashamed of it.

  • hollyw

    I knew immediately after seeing the number of comments that white trolls had hijacked this article lol smh.

    White supremacy strikes again to police black behavior!

    • Guest

      White supremacy isn’t at fault here this time. This is all MN’s doing and it’s ridiculous that they continue to do this. This article is about a black child in the Bahamas, being removed from her school due her natural hair being deemed “unkept”, and how we can show her support, turned into: white women are oppressed too, white people are oppressed too, white women and people are oppressed for their unkept hair too and so on.

      It’s downright comical, and shameful at the same damn time.

    • Old School Me

      Satan is busy. It is demonic that anyone would come to a site named MadameNoir (Black woman) and denigrate Black women. Some people are saying that – and I believe – that this site primary sponsors/owners are White. So there is a clear reason that White trolls, White racists pretending to be Black and Black, Uncle Rukus types abound.

      I haven’t given up on this site because I love to read (and editorialize) and I enjoy other’s comments. But If there was another site like this one (Huffington Post is okay), I’d leave this one in the dust.

      • Guest

        “But If there was another site like this one (Huffington Post is okay), I’d leave this one in the dust.”–Same with me. I stop frequenting as much as I use to, and I’ve also notice that many others have too. The conversation always gets derailed when it’s linked to yahoo or any other cesspool site.

      • hollyw

        LOL @ “Black Uncle Ruckus” types, and totally agree with finding another site!

  • Juan Nightstand

    Get your kids out of government schools. Learning is more valuable than anything being forcefully taught.

  • m.

    When I hear the word puff, all I can think of is Coco Puffs or Puff the Magic Dragon.

  • Capri211

    Why are people acting like it’s impossible for a black girl to have messy unkempt hair if it’s natural? I definitely don’t agree with telling someone with natural hair they need to straighten it, but there are ways to make it look more tidy as oppose to it looking like you just rolled out of bed.

    • Jackie Michele

      My thoughts exactly. A natural hairstyle requires maintenance just like any other hairstyle if not more.

    • Latonia Anderson

      anyone can have unkempt hair, but the young lady in the video hair was well groomed and natural, and no one said anything about a black girl couldn’t have messy or unkempt hair, we are talking about the girl in the video. That is what this post is all about.

  • neceyluv

    Free the Puff!

  • Cee Cee G

    My daughter has been at a predominantly white charter school in my town and she is now in the 4th grade but every since Kindergarten she has worn afro puffs to school. And after a full day of school and the kids playing with her hair, her hair looks lopsided sometimes when she comes home. This is ridiculous and I wish someone would say something to me about my child’s hair. The kids at her school have their hair texture and this is hers. The only thing a school needs to inform me is If she starts acting out and that’s the end of that.

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  • Diane Glynn

    There’s a myth that white’s have it easy and life the life of Riley. Well, The horrendous racism and mistreatment I received while I was married to my black, police officer husband came at the hands of not just whites…but blacks as well. He and I are no longer married, but when we were, black women and white men were the WORST! Black women would shoot dirty looks, make vicious comments and I’ve even been assaulted. The black women were the most aggressive. They would make up things, saying they didn’t like my facial expressions, etc…never mind that I never even saw them or looked in their direction. They just wanted a reason to hurt me because they were racist and I was a good target. So, after experiencing this so often, there’s a notion that black women are naturally aggressive and don’t mind a good fight.

    White men…they were horrible too. They told me I was trash. They treated me like I was damaged goods. Even in restaurants, I’ve experienced white, male waiters be pleasant to my husband (because apparently there was a little bit of intimidation there), but when asking me what I wanted, they would turn their back to him so he couldn’t see their face, and would display a totally disgusted facial expression, and with a disgusted tone, ask me what I wanted. I got this from black female waitstaff too, except with the added eye roll.

    My children are older now and the most racism they encounter is not from whites..but from blacks. My kids said, “They’re the worst!” My kids are good kids, make good grades, are respectful, and have never been in any trouble in or out of school. My oldest in in the military, in Kuwait now. My next one is getting ready to head off to the military and the next one has such good grades and is an athlete. She’s likely to get a scholarship to college where she want to become an anesthesiologist. The other 2 are still young. The kids are treated well by whites but are taunted and teased by blacks, telling them they act “too white”. My kids don’t let it change them, but they see themselves as becoming more successful because they don’t act in a way that separates themselves from mainstream society. They don’t speak wth the same textured voice as the black kids because they quickly realized that it was necessary. They understood that intentionally mispronouncing their words or failing to annunciate their words properly didn’t help them nor did it detract from the fact that they are 1/2 black. It didn’t make them any more or less black or white. They understand that there is a way to behave and a way NOT to behave…If you notice, blacks in Europe don’t talk differently than the whites. They all sound British and refer to themselves the same. They don’t say they’re “African European.” The reason is that it wouldn’t be tolerated. The blacks that Ive met from over there are disgusted with American blacks, in general. This is an observation they made for themselves…they weren’t influenced by outside sources.

    • Old School Me

      There are literally millions of Black people in the world but just like all racist, you let your experiences with a comparatively miniscule number justify your negative assessment; i.e. ‘Black women are aggressive, Black kids are ineloquent, to sound Black is to sound wrong. To speak like a Black person means poor grammar, poor diction and plenty of slang’. (President Obama sounds Blackthough). You display the exact same attitude that all racists have, ‘I was robbed by a Black person, that’s why I know all Black people steal”.

      There are too many happy, healthy interracial couples who know good and well that most people around them, Black and White, are too busy living their own lives to pay them any attention or give them more than a passing glance. Bottom line, you find
      what you look for. You’re looking to be singled out and so you see it everywhere (and you come to a website whose target audience is Black women) to post about it. Black women ignore you more than anything else – and not intentionally either. You just don’t make the radar.

      You have a lot of bitterness and anger inside of you; you may want to seek
      help.

      • Kory Green

        I’ve noticed that you have a lot of bitterness and anger as well. Dianne has a right to express her experiences and you don’t have the right to invalidate them. Smh. Maybe you ought to seek the same help that you advised her to do, since you’re always policing people’s posts and reaching for things that are not there.

        • Old School Me

          Wrong. I’m not angry at all. I just don’t support the ‘lets make this about me as a White woman and my trials and travails’ and ‘Black women are a problem’, mindset.

          You support the White woman’s right to post her experiences (which have nothing to do with this young girl being told that her hair must change) but imply that as a Black women, I’m not supposed to respond to what the GIST of her post was about. Mmhmm. Regardless of the fact that this is what the comments section is for. Mmhmm.

          • Guest

            He’s dated WW, so these types of black men will always come to their defense. Notice he said NOTHING to her, just you, inspite of the ignorance filled in her post.

            Black men like this will defend WW against BW at all cost, so never be surprised when you see it.

            • Old School Me

              You know what? That name sounded vaguely familiar. There was another article about color struck Black people and someone came on here posting how there was nothing wrong with that. It may have been this guy. If that’s the case, his issues are too deep for me. I admit it.

              • Guest

                Yeah, he’s dated WW before, but says he only dates BW now. BM like him tend to have issues. The fact that he took time out to “chastise” your comment, but not hers–although it’s filled with far more ignorance, exemplifies this.

                • Old School Me

                  Probably only dates biracial women. LOL! Have a good one!

                • JackpotJoy

                  Of course BM are loyal to WW they can do no wrong BM think WW s*it doesn’t stink! LOL! BM will go along with WW making disparging comments towards BW because BM have always been disloyal towards BW. How the hell do you think Egypt and Europe collapsed? And it wasn’t because of BW! So I already knew that this buffoon would try to silence BW because he has already thought that WW are such angelic angels LOL! Darling pay him and all these stupid cyborg BM men no mind, they dont value nor appreciate it.

                  One day when the BW takes back her earthly throne we should rid this earth of BM, WW and WM! They have always subjected BW to ill treatment.

            • Old School Me

              I’m not angry at Diane’s post, I’m disgusted by it. Neither She nor Kory get it; just because someone White marries or dates a Black person and has biracial children doesn’t mean that they aren’t racist. The Black person they’re with may also very well be a racist against other Blacks and see themselves as “different” or as “one of the good ones” – a Black vs. Black racist so to speak. Sadly, they do exist and White people marry them all the time. Then they both talk badly about other Black people – just like she’s doing here.

        • Old School Me

          I will say that one comment did make me angry, the comment about how hard White women had it, seeing that they couldn’t vote until 1921 (?) or how they couldn’t own homes. That comment got my goat.

        • caligirl

          the anger is justified because this is something that happens all too frequently in public space (and in comments sections online). white women attempting to usurp the conversation and make it all about their experience. it’s a racist tactic used to silence black women, using their black husband or child as cover. it gets very old and tired. always the same song, over and over and over again…

          • Old School Me

            I personally know of one White woman (married to a Black man with half Black children) who is as racist as they come (so is her house Negro husband). She, like Diane, specifically disparages Black women and like Kory, her Black husband co-signs. She AND her Black husband are full of put downs about Black people in general; Black women are mean, lazy, easy, Black men are criminals, irresponsible, etc. That is a classic example of a Black person with a colonized mind joining forces with a racist White person. It’s not new. (It is pathological though).

            • caligirl

              reminds me of the dave chappelle skit where there was a blind black man in the funny as hell on his show, but in real life …

              • caligirl

                weird that my comment was edited; doesn’t even make sense now. “a blind black man in a racist organization”. is that better?

        • JackpotJoy

          Its just typical of BM to come to defence of Miss Becky, because Miss Becky thinks all BW are EVIL, and Miss Becky probably calls BW effergies all the time, despite having a black ex husband and half black children. BM like you are PATHETIC! And i’m tired of BM in general you support these stupid WW because they somehow have convinced you idiots that they’re innocent and the WM is the devil. The WM is the devil because of his White Mother! The white man didn’t learn these acts without the help of his EVIL white mother! Dummy do you not realise that ‘mothers’ are their childrens first teachers.

          ****Newsflash****

          It was WW that had you BM hung, lynched and castrated all for looking at her, it wasn’t the WM that said you were looking at her it was your precious snow ‘queens.’ Lol! This is why IDGAF what happens to BM nowadays because the majority of you are far too disloyal to BW. Leave BW alone and go run back to becky.

          • Kory Green

            Thank you.

            • JackpotJoy

              F off

              • Kory Green

                Thank you for showing me who you are. I bet your mother would be proud. You represent black women well.

                • JackpotJoy

                  Negro i dont give a damn about you my mother is proud of me as well as my father. Ive done well for myself considering i’ve got my own property and in university. Boy bye and leave BW alone!!

                  • Kory Green

                    I love black women. Why would I leave them alone?

              • Kory Green

                Thank you for showing me who you really are. Your mother must be proud.

    • Latonia Anderson

      My African American children speak proper English and are excellent students, therefore being black does not mean you mispronounce words. They have friends from various ethnicities who spend time at our house having fun together, and value one another.

    • Latonia Anderson

      You stated in your post that your kids said, “They’re the worst”,your children may think negatively about black people by picking up on the way you feel or have talked negatively about black people, they are half black, so when the say “they’re the worst, they are talking about themselves also,smh

  • Nay

    Bahamas, America, anywhere…I don’t get why hair is an issue in schools. As long as someone’s mohawk isn’t covering a visual of the blackboard, why does it matter? I was never distracted by a fellow student’s hair, I hated school because I hated school. I wasn’t focusing because it was mundane and boring, not because some girl’s natural hair was poofy, or because some guy dyed his hair purple.

    I have yet to hear a child say, “I wasn’t able to focus on my test because a classmate’s natural hair was a distraction.” Teachers and administrators need to stop nitpicking and do their real jobs. Growing up, I had WHITE classmates with REALLY BIG curly hair that was all over the place, yet, no one made a stink about it. I had black classmates with spirals, or dreads (pardon me for not knowing the technical terms, I apologize) or natural or even an afro and no one cared. We hated school because that’s what kids do, we didn’t hate school or slack off because of someone’s hair.

  • Old School Me

    And this is why the topic is deeper than just hair. This is why this topic has to be re-visited and re-visited and re-visited until racism and it’s overt and covert, insidious effects are eradicated. Other people in other areas may not be so bold about their bigotry against kinky hair but that mindset is everywhere.

  • Diane Glynn

    Whats wong with her hair? It’s cute. I like it on her. Did she really get suspended for her hair or did something else happen that we’re not being told about and they’re saying it was because of her hair. I would think a school administrator would have a little more commonsense than that, knowing the bad publicity the school would get. What aren’t they telling us?

  • David

    This is sad. Her hair appears to be well kept. I know we’ve all seen natural hair that wasn’t and that certainly isn’t the case here. On a personal note, this could very well be my daughter. She us 14 and has natural hair just like her mother and I have locs. She’s talked to about straightening her hair. What I’ve told her is that as long as she’s straightening her hair because it’s something she wants to do, rather than because you think something s wrong with your natural hair, then I’m fine with it. No one, regardless of gender, race, etc, should ever have to apologize for being who they are.

  • Birdie Wolf

    These morons don’t understand a thing about about natural hair. Do you think you can get your hair to look like that on accident? I WISH. It is a multi step process.

  • Johan Fajka

    I am white and I support natural hair!

  • Kimberley

    The principal there would have a heart attack if he saw some of the hairstyles the kids have here.

  • Scatha

    I am white and I remember seeing Chris Rock’s documentary on black hair called: “Good Hair.” If you have not seen it, please do. The chemicals that are used to straighten black hair is horrible. Much worst than any dye we might buy to use on our hair. I stopped dying my hair about 10 years ago. I bought into this system that it would be better for me to be blonde. It took years for my hair to grow back out to its darker red shade. But once I stopped with the dye, over a few months it became softer and the broken ends stopped as much. I support all of these black sisters getting rid of chemicals and going back to what God gave us. Be proud in our own beauty.

  • coolsvillekid

    Ever notice how a picture of the Principal is NEVER provided?
    God forbid he be publicly shamed when he’s called out on his absurd behavior.

  • mumsy64

    Two things strike me about the article.
    First this didn’t happen in the US, where student information is held so private that when accusations fly the schools can not respond publicly, but in the Bahamas, and the school has challenged the statement. For all we know this is yet another story made up to garner attention.

    Second, this isn’t just a black thing, it really isn’t. Open any fashion magazine and there you will find an article telling females of European descent that their curly hair is unkempt, unfashionable, nasty, nappy, etc. I fought this all through my daughter’s teen years. Telling her embrace the curl, do not let some fashion designer in New York City declare your hair out of style. A hair texture can’t be out of, or in style. I wear my hair in it’s God given state and refuse to conform to the flat iron.

  • And this is why our young women become self-conscious. Nobody has the right to punish you for hair that grows from your head.

  • Mark Smith

    Well, it can’t be because of racism, since 93% of the people in the Bahamas are black/African.

  • ships58

    I seriously do not understand what the hell some of you are talking about, but I love to see kids wearing their hair natural. Kids in kindergarten are rocking weaves and processing their hair, which is not good for it. Natural hair is beautiful and we need to tell our girls that they are beautiful the way they are. Any school that bans natural hair is out of line. I love what I call Puff balls!!

  • Rick Dean

    I’m a white male and this story is crazy. I don’t care where it’s from schools aren’t the fashion patrol. These ladies are beautiful let it show. Theirs nothing wrong with their hair it looks beautiful. We need to get rid of dress codes no more of schools dummy down the students.

  • SCC

    Really…yet another weird society shaming tactic used on our young beautiful women who want to be themselves, genuine, independent and fabulous. Leave the psycho image molding back with bigotry and racism…oh wait..sh..it..that stuff still exists…HORRIBLE! Shame on this school!! of course they confronted her and now can’t accept responsibility for shaming a dynamic young person in the public eye. Fortunately, she has a mother who wants her to rock her own beauty!

  • Jackie Michele

    I think there is something missing from this story. We need the other side. I currently rock a natural hairstyle and have other students who do as well, yet it is still very clear who’s hair is unkempt natural or not.

  • Nia Provenzano

    Natural is great.BUT!Maintain!This girl here needs
    a trim and a comb.You are not respecting your natural hair if you’re not going to treat it with love and care.

    • Guest

      Her hair is fine. Worry about your own.

  • Roy Johns

    hhmmm, I do not know of any one or place here in the US of A that has a problem with blackey not trying to look whitey, just try and keep it neat because unkept fro’s look as bad as a long hair whities not running a comb and water through the hair

  • Masterpieced

    I am so happy that the momma took this to the www. Now, she needs to keep a close eye on the administration. Her lovely daughter will get targeted for other small infractions.

  • Annyahs_mommy

    My beautiful daughter is bi-racial, and I do what ever I can to ensure that her hair is taken care of in an appropriate manner. That does not mean relaxers, or chemicals, it means being competent and allowing the the beauty of the curls. We talk about her hair, and make sure that she knows that her hair amoungst other things, is a very special aspect of her, and she should be proud. Its an education in caring for oneself that makes the difference. If you respect, appreciate and love the body you are in, you are less likely to hear the negative things others throw at you. My motto is to fill her confidence cup so high, that no one could ever drain it dry 😉 I wish this young lady the best of luck! She is making great strides in calling attention to an issue that is still rearing its head. I hope she stands her ground and that she has supportive backing. Sometimes issues need to be forced.

    • Masterpieced

      Why do you feel the need to say your child is bi-racial? The comment is out natural hair. Your response is just a valid without the need to speak of your’s child’s race….

      • Annyahs_mommy

        I actually gave your comment some thought, since you ask, I will tell you that I believe that I mentioned that she is bi-racial because I often am upset with the quality of how many bi-racial children’s hair is kept up. I didn’t lean on that aspect in my prior comment, though I do often feel that people are lazy or uneducated about the care of their own children’s hair, and it obviously shows. It seems to be a micro-aggression of mine, and thank you for pointing it out. We cannot evolve without challenging our views.

        • Masterpieced

          You are a wonderful person. Your response (in that a you took the time to think about my comment) speaks that.

  • Mom

    I don’t care how anyone wears their hair, clean & no smell would be great though. Just don’t block my vision if I am in school trying to see the teacher, or at a movie, or sporting event, or church.

    • Masterpieced

      I do not care if your hair smells like a dog when you are caught in the hair…..

  • chinwendu1

    The action on the part of the school is reprehensible.

    When things of this nature happen, it would be a good idea to voice opposition as united black people.

    There is power in doing right. ACTION is required.

    Show our support by:
    -Voicing disapproval online and websites
    -Calling the school and school district to voice disapproval
    -Write the school, etc. to voice disapproval

    We are proudly African-American/Black People and we do not have to look like white people.

    Black People Unite~

  • P S

    I thought that the Afros in the 70’s were beautiful…Still do think that natural looks far better than straightened.

  • Kat Fisch

    I’m not black and I don’t intend to offend, but personally, I think weaves look nicer and more well-kept than natural hair – even Asians have hair straighteners! Irregardless of my opinion, the principal had no right to take disciplinary action on someone rocking a natural look.

    • Masterpieced

      You do offend. Asians also get eye lid surgery. Is that culturally okay too?

    • Guestest1

      The differences in races is what makes us unique so there is no such things as “unkemp” in my opinion. It’s just the way our hair grows and Black women/girls should not and will not apologize for their natural, unique God given hair. #SupportThePuff

    • Old School Me

      Just out of curiosity? Do Blacks with lighter skin look ‘nicer’ than those with
      darker skin? Do thinner lips look ‘nicer’ than fuller ones? It’s so
      limiting to see only one arch type/phenotype as ‘nice’.

      It would serve you well to google ‘Blacks with natural hair’. You’ll see a slew of pictures/images of Black women and men with beautiful, groomed natural hair. If you care about broadening your horizons and expanding your likes vs dislikes, give it a shot.

      • Guest

        ” If you care about broadening your horizons and expanding your likes vs dislikes, give it a shot.”–I disagree. The fact that she doesn’t like natural hair vs. straight hair should make no bit of difference to us. Black people need to stop giving a f&** that white people find natural hair ugly.

        • Old School Me

          It doesn’t make a difference per se, but I combat ignorance with information whenever I can. People can grow and I see no problem with assisting them to do that. I’m not one of those Black supremacists who hates White people. I take all people of all ethnic groups on a person by person basis.

          It’s like with a child, it doesn’t make ME unhealthy if they refuse to eat more than one type of vegetable, but as someone who worked with children for years, I would try to get them to try different ones – for their sake, not mine.

          On another note, the profanity isn’t really adding to the conversation and some people find it offensive. I bet you can express yourself without it.

          • Guest

            Fair enough in terms of your first two paragraphs. As for the last one, I like to curse, so yeah, that’s not going anywhere. Sorry.

            • Old School Me

              I appreciate your polite response. Have a good one!

  • A.R.

    How come other groups of people can wear their hair naturally but blacks cannot? This is a case of mass ignorance for her hair is beautiful.

  • BillVA

    But this was the Bahamas.

    Is there some issue in that country, or was she merely unkempt?

    I get bed-head something fierce. Lots of us look like slobs with our unkempt “natural hair.” You gotta run a brush through it.

    I know students made allegations that the issue has run deeper, but perhaps she was reprimanded for merely being “untidy, ungroomed, and unkept,” as the story sayd.

    Oh, and what’s up with THIS line: “And once again, yet another story of young women being attacked for their natural tresses has gone mainstream.” Is there some epidemic that I am unaware of, or is this just false hysteria to pump up an otherwise slow news day?

    • Masterpieced

      How is bed head only for natural hair? Whites and weaves and relaxers are also prone to bed head.

  • Sponge-slob Square-ass

    this is a seriously f*cked up world we live in

    • Masterpieced

      ESPECIALLY in a Black majority country.

  • Jodiann

    You’d all be surprised.This rule is common in the Caribbean. I live in Jamaica and I am still in high school. 99% of the students at my school are black. We are not allowed to wear our hair in Afros or have large puffs. They claim hair styles such as those are “not fit for school” and we “aren’t properly groomed” when we have such hair styles.They claim we hinder the other students from properly seeing the chalk/white board.There are so many restrictions on how we are allowed to comb our natural hair that many of us just take the easy way out and relax ( straighten ) it. We aren’t even allowed to wear Bantu Knots. It’s surprising how widespread the discrimination against Afro hair is in predominantly black countries.

    • caligirl

      it’s imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy. colonized minds, and it is sad. the person who coined that term is a black american woman named bell hooks. i highly suggest her books for young black women (and men).

    • Masterpieced

      Thank you young sister. Your best revenge is to get educated and fight the system. You are on to a good start,

  • Mary

    Look it up hair is a spiritual antenna which picks up frequencies in the universe kinky grows up wards in a spiral picking up higher frequencys

  • Tina Chambers

    It’s hard to say hair is natural when it’s poofed up 6 or 8 inches above her head. The only reason I could the school objecting to the style is if the student in a desk behind her would be able to see the board or teacher. I know I wouldn’t be happy sitting in a seat behind her and having my view blocked.

    Other than that, I think she looks cute.

    • Masterpieced

      The school is probably against Bantu knots too. They are NOT high.

      Are you also against white folk flinging their hair and your eyes getting hit?

  • Emily

    I went to Catholic school in the 80s and I got some grief from the dean about my hair, which was short and standing up. It wasn’t a mohawk or spiky or colored but she didn’t like it. It wasn’t racial, she just didn’t like the current hair fashion. Just sayin…

    • Masterpieced

      Just say it to yourself then…..

      • secret87

        lol..wow.

  • Dan

    There’s probably much more to thsi story than what is being told here.

    You don;t get suspended from school over a hairstyle.

    • Masterpieced

      Really?

  • Bonnie Pega

    I am white. I don’t care how someone wears their hair. It doesn’t affect their brain or behavior. My oldest son had problems in high school because he shaved his hair off. They said he looked like a Nazi. He shaved his hair off because in addition to school, he played sports after school AND worked 20 hours a week at a garden center. A shaved head was much less time-consuming with all his activities. We need to get over stupidly judging people by appearance!

  • Crosswind

    Coming from the perspective of a middle aged white woman, I think her hair is lovely and fine just the way it is. FWIW the war against natural hair extends to the white world as well (though I’m sure women of color hear about it more). I have very thick curly hair and I’ve lost count of how many places and people have insisted I should straighten it. I figure we’re given the hair we look best with – and that includes the hair this young lady is sporting.

  • P. Smyth

    It’s an absolute shame that this young lady wearing an afro puff is a matter of topic! In the interview the principal seemed majorly concerned that the girl’s mom voiced her opinion on Facebook, and that she, (the mom) should have come to her. However, I guess she didn’t realized a mature, professional thing she could have done was to contact the mom instead of approaching the child in school. And, the very nerve of this woman and anyone else, to think it’s their right to determine and set rules to follow regarding such a personal matter. I can’t imagine that they’d allow others to direct their personal preferences. This is an utterly ridiculous action! Life is tough enough, and there are an infinite number of pressing issues that need our undivided attention.…this just isn’t one of them. The whole matter has a miasma vibe. Females and males alike, should be able to wear what’s comfortable for them, as long as it’s not physically threating, inciting violence or harming anyone else. Enough with all of the foolishness! And, grown ups should know better.

    • Crosswind

      Agreed!

  • Deckie Deckie

    She’s very pretty…….si senor!!

  • Dan Oglesby

    ” Move along folks, nothing to see here”..just some ignorant self hating black folk who are brainwashed by colonialism and slavery on what should be “acceptable” and have no idea of their history and the beauty they possess.

  • pilgrim

    in the Bahamas,,,LOL… this isn’t about white people, why is madame noir wasting our time?

    • MsT-Mac

      Not a waste at all. Still outrageous. Still needs to be reported.

    • native

      finally…someone gets it.

      • MsT-Mac

        It was easy to get the implication.

    • Masterpieced

      Huh? We are all Black.

    • Raze

      Why did you come here? The only one wasting his time is you for reading this article. To the rest of us, it’s still an item of concern.

  • Charles Watson

    It wasn’t that long ago when white people could get seriously abused for having long hair.

    • Masterpieced

      And?

  • WZNM

    I’m a senior completing my nursing degree BSN. I was accepted into an accelerated program at my local university; only 40 students are admitted each year. The program is very competitive (3.0 GPA or higher (most of us have 3.5+); previous bachelors degree (I have a Bachelor’s in Political Science), strong letters of recommendations (I have one from a former employer who is a Dean at a prestigious medical school); strong chemistry and anatomy grades (I have all As) and a thorough letter capturing why I should be selected. I preface my comment with this information to stress that getting in is not an easy task…it is an incredibly selective program.

    Out of 40 students, three of us are black females. I’m a decent student. Out of the three, the other two are are better students honestly. One ranks in the top 10% and the other in the top 5%.

    I’m natural and always wear my hair in a twist accompanied with a bun. The 10% student has very long and thick hair that was relaxed until recent. She cut off the relaxed portion and still has full, clavicle length hair. The 5% student wore her hair in thick jumbo braids. She recently took the braids out and her afro is sooooo huge, beautiful and fierce! She’s absolutely stunning…big brown eyes and deep dimples….drop dead gorgeous!

    During the communities rotation, one of the last three classes of the program, these stellar students were called into the office by the instructor. She prefaced the conversation with “No one’s in trouble.” After which, she proceeded to tell the the young women that she’s gotten complaints from the rotation site that their hair is a distraction and they need to “pin” it down. Yes, you are reading this correctly. The meeting had nothing to do with their academic performance, attendance or student professionalism…just their hair.

    I was sicken that outstanding students would be subjected to this type of trivial scrutiny in a professional program of higher learning. I falsely made the assumption that I was in a progressive environment that embraced cultural differences. What really struck me as curious is in this rotation, we serve underrepresented populations. So we deal with people from ALL walks of life.
    When 5% informed me there is a student at her site with purple hair and appearance has never been critiqued, I was completely done.

    I love working with the other 37 students, but I must admit this administration needs a good shake-up. Most of the instructors are 57 years plus and are completely out of touch.

    • _a_

      As a fellow nursing student with natural hair, I can honestly say that I understand why they pulled them aside. Idk how it is in your school, but in mine they tell us from the beginning that all hair must be pulled up, pinned down, and neat. I wore a wash-&go to my Fundamentals clinical last semester (through out the entire semester) and nobody ever had an issue with it. The difference is that my curly fro was tiny. If I were to continue to wearing it in its natural state as its growing out/ getting bigger, it would only be appropriate for me to style it accordingly. Just my 2 cents.

      Sn: Chick with the purple hair definitely needs a sit down as well.

      • WZNM

        Hello and thank you for your response.

        I definitely see your point. We too have worn our natural styles for many months during our curriculum prior to this incident; which is why it was surprising that so late in the game this issue came up. We are professions…that goes without saying. We are mature veteran students. But for the sake of clarity, I will emphasize, the hair does not dangle; is neatly shaped; clean and does not poses health or safety risk to the general public.

        I’m pretty perceptive and error on the side of caution (particularly when it comes to these matters). I truly believe it was the appearance that promoted feelings of
        discomfort; not a genuine effort to enforce safety or student handbook citations/guidelines. Being the studious professional I am…I took the liberty to revisit the handbook just in case I misunderstood. I didn’t. But because of my experience in corporate America, I am aware that sometimes the rules are ascribed as we go.

        I hope, as we both progress through our careers, we too will be afforded the freedom to continue to represent who we naturally… in the continued spirit of professionalism of course.

        Regards, RN 2016

    • mark

      i am not sure that was intended to be mean per say. I work in medical field, no fingernail polish allowed, tattoos need to be covered ( visible ones ) Hair in caps — ALL people this applies to ( surgery ). No weird colored hair that isnt natural.

      when you go into food service, all people must wear hair nets, no nail polish etc. Maybe its just the rules for the nursing students in the program. Like once all the shoes had to be white. Not one color of the shoe couldnt be white. If it had a small design, you had to take white out and white it out so the shoe would be fully white. Once out of school, maybe the rules will loosen a bit. I dont think it was ill intended since they are in school still

      • WZNM

        Hi Mark, Thank you for your response. I understand there are many guidelines in place to provide optimal and safe care to patients in our field. We too are held to the standards of strict dress codes as it relates to shoes, jewelry and appearance. As you probably know, in the OR hair caps are non-negotiable…naturally. That and other sterile settings are a given.

        I specified that the issue came up in the communities rotation and not a hospital setting. In communities, we are in schools, rural and other areas of public service. Often times, we are assessing environments and not administering medication. Even still, hair that does not “dangle” is a mute point; which is the case here. I truly believe it was the appearance that promoted feeling of discomfort; not an effort to enforce safety or student handbook guidelines.

        Remember, I did disclose we are at the end of our program and pretty much figured out the do’s and don’ts.

        Thank you for your perspective.

      • Old School Me

        I trust that your view point would be the same if all females with straight hair were required to either perm their hair so that it would Afro up or HIDE it. This is about judging people for wearing their hair the way it naturally grows out of their heads.
        There is no way to justify that.

    • caligirl

      wow…

  • Trisha_B

    It’s crazy to me how a black majority country will have a school that has an issue with black natural hair. Surely she isn’t the only child in that school to have natural hair ever. So something is sounding off to me. I know schools in the Caribbean often have strict rules on dress code. Almost military strict, from the shoes to the hair. So perhaps it’s not the natural hair that was the problem, but the hair style it was in. Idk, but something doesn’t sound right to me

    • Geneve

      Whats your point? The style is fine.

      • Trisha_B

        Did I say there was an issue with the style? No. I said Caribbean schools often have strict dress codes. They are more formal & militant. Yea, they could update the dress code to be more with the times. But I’m not going to bash the school without much of a back story

        • Geneve

          Why does her hair need a back story? Its her hair and the hair she was born with is not part of a dress code. Its not like she styled it in a wild way or something. Its just a hair puff which is a very popular style. Nobody says anything about White girls with uncombed, matted up hair all day.

          • Trisha_B

            Can you read?! I didn’t say there was an issue with HER hair. I’m talking about the school & their policies! Smh goodness, people & their fake rage.

            • Geneve

              Yes I can read, jerk! I know there are strict dress codes and even the military just went a little lenient on Black women’s hairstyles after the outrage. Ur just fake as some of your comments excuse me.

            • Guestest1

              Lmao, these people clearly have a comprehension problem. Geez!

              • Trisha_B

                They really do lol. Some people just want a reason to be upset, whether it make sense or not lol

                • Ty

                  Its not a comprehension problem..they just have a hard time responding to your ego problems, moron. Get over yourself.

                • Geneve

                  I Could say the same thing about you. Ur nothing but a douche. Grow up.

    • native

      exactly….they have a very strict dress code.

  • joz molody

    She wasn’t disciplined for having natural hair. It clearly states she was disciplined for having sloppy, unkempt hair in a school that requires students to be well groomed. It is easy to have natural hair and still keep it neat and well groomed.

    • Caro

      It IS neat and well groomed.

    • Geneve

      I have seen many White girls walk around with tangled up, matted hair everyday and nobody says anything about it.

      • native

        In the Bahamas??????

        • Trapped In Paradise

          Yes, in the Bahamas. There are white people in the Bahamas and some of them have jacked up hair or would wear sloppy ponytails and never have I heard of one of them being sent home from school while I was schooling there.

          • native

            and I say BS…the Bahamian schools require uniforms and have a very strict dress code.

            • Trapped In Paradise

              You have obviously never schooled in the Bahamas. I attended both Queens College and St. Augustine’s College. At QC there were more than a few white girls who would throw their hair in a haphazard bun and they were never sent home. There were a few boys whose hair reached their collar and they also were never sent home.

              Some schools are more strict than others. Kingsway Academy is quite strict where as St. Andrews College is not.

        • Geneve

          No everywhere even from where I work….smh.

    • MsT-Mac

      Go look at the picture. It’s lovely.

    • Masterpieced

      They HAD to say those things. relaxed hair is washed less often than natural hair so to say to was unkempt is a lie.

  • Joyce

    This bullshit with the school codes has gotten WAAAAAAAAAAY out of hand. Who the HELL do these brain-damaged tic-turds think they are? These “people” (I use that word loosely) have been given and important position of power to maintain a high standard of ED…U…CATION and, instead, they insult our intelligence by asserting that a student’s looks take precedent over their intellectual enrichment. It is painfully obvious that those administrators have not matured enough in life to handle such an important position and should be removed, endowed with a big DUNCE cap and spanked profusely until they FARGIN’ GROW UP!.Get off your high horse, losers, before you fall off and end up regreting your stupidity the hard way.
    LEAVE THE GIRL ALONE, HER FLIPPIN’ HAIR IS FINE!

  • Neal Hope

    As long as the dress and grooming of the pupils is not disruptive it should be no concern of the school.
    From what is reported the only disruption was from narrow minded officials trying to impose unnecessary rules on this poor girl. The teachers job is to teach the children, so they should get on with that. Incidentally I thought Deleveaux looked charming and very natural.

  • Butch1

    There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this young ladies’ hair. The principal needs to mind his own business! Perhaps if they tended to teaching the students rather than making them into “cookie-cutter” looking adults for society, they would have accomplished a far better task at hand. We do not need mindless robots in our societies. She doesn’t need to look like another white girl to get along in our society either. I happen to be a white senior citizen who has seen enough bigotry and homophobia in my section of the world to last a life time. We do not need to continue to promote this type of behavior every generation with these silly rules that mean nothing. Just stick to teaching, do your job and leave this young lady alone. There is nothing wrong with her hair!

    • native

      Settle down…she is in the Bahamas where, in fact, the schools have a VERY strict dress code. So, us white folks can sit back and relax on this one.

      • Butch1

        That makes it even worse!

  • Dani Pauc

    How can you punish someone for simply being themselves??!! Horrible!

  • Attaboy

    What does this have to do with race? Black people not liking things other black people do , because its “black” (in your mind) does not mean they are doing it because whites around the world are racist and have brainwashed them to hate themselves.
    Do you PEOPLE, realize that whites are the actually minority in terms of world population?

    • Trisha_B

      You’re on a BLACK blog, reading a story about a BLACK girl, regarding BLACK textured hair. Then ask what does race have to do with it? What the hell do white people have to do with this?!

      • sheila

        This old white woman thinks natural hair is fabulous … is that ok with you Trisha?

        • Trisha_B

          Why wouldn’t it? I didn’t say white people couldn’t appreciate natural hair lol.

        • MinnieC

          This old white woman is in total agreement with you. I don’t have a dog in this fight either but I don’t see a thing in the world wrong with that child’s hair. I nearly ruined mine in my younger days with all the chemicals to try and curl it. I hate to see these kiddos being forced to put chemicals onto naturally curly hair to straighten it. As far as I am concerned this is a decision to be made between parent and child not the school.

          • sheila

            well put, MinnieC

      • cindy

        this article is linked from yahoo main page. ( so maybe they didnt intentionally come to a black hair website ) i am white and reading this article as well. Your comment is more racist than the article is for sure

        • sheila

          @cindy … talking to “Trish” is like talking to a wall

          • Trisha_B

            You aren’t forced to engage in convo lol

            • Joey

              Well no one forced you to talk out of your a**

              • shari

                Like you are?

        • Trisha_B

          1st learn the definition of “racist.” then learn to read & comprehend what you’re reading. I didn’t say white people couldn’t comment. The original commenter asked what does race have to do with this post, & started talking about white people… So oh please

          • Old School Me

            Right! And which race naturally has kinky hair? Does everyone? Nope. It’s kinda of a Black thing, you know? “How is this about race?”

            • Trisha_B

              Lol they love making everything about them. You see all these comments where they have to bring up their hair not being accepted either smh.

        • Old School Me

          But the topic remains the same; a Black girl being told she cannot wear her hair as it naturally grows out of her head – kinky. OUR hair differs from other races so yeah, this is about race.

    • Old School Me

      This has everything to do with race because those of us whose ancestors were African have kinkier hair. It’s kinky hair that is being discussed. But it’s straight hair that Eurocentric and/or colonized minds view as the holy grail. Therefore, they want to dictate that non kinky hair be changed or hidden. THAT’S what this has to do with race.

  • jd williams

    Insecure people seem to always want to be in charge of something. We need to find more educaters that are secure in thier own self. We need teachers to teach not degrade. Which is what we see in our school systems, starting with the superintendents on down.

  • veelalynne@sbcglobal.net

    I can’t imagine why a place that is largely a black population would have a problem with natural hair. Natural hair is beautiful. As a white woman, I look at my straight, flat hair and wish it had some nice texture. I understand that straightened hair is easier to comb; but otherwise can’t imagine why anyone would want it. I love it when people just let nature take its course and the choice to straighten it shouldn’t be forced on anyone.

    • Margaret MacGregor

      As someone who has thick, slightly wavy hair, I wish mine was either straight or curly! When it’s growing out, it always looks a mess!

    • BillVA

      I cannot imagine it either.

      There is more to the story than this superficial stuff and what a high school girls says.

  • Cheryl Nelson

    AS A FORMER STYLIST THE STUFF USED TO STRAIGHTEN EXTEMELY CURL HAIR CAN BE VERY DAMAGING TO THERE HAIR. wHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE IF IT IA STRAIGHT OR NATURAL. sHE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL AND LOOKS NICE.

  • jobrow

    I am surprised at the stupid Bahamian principal, Bahamas where most ppl are black with an overwhelming number being very dark, how dare him ! , once a child clothing is clean , they smell fresh & body properly clothed, no one should put a child out of school or berate them…what will he do next demand they bleach their skins, no wonder we have confused black young ppl worldwide these days trying to look like someone else. this very dark principal must suffer from low self esteem & self hate
    He should be fired

    • Joyce

      This superficial moron’s next move will probably to attack those with zits and force them into the Proactive Treatment Center for Pore-ly challanged individuals. This mushy-turds for brains idiot needs to be flushed.

      • MsT-Mac

        Not a good example. Black hair-good. Zits-not good. No one wants zits.

        • Joyce

          Zits are a fact of life and lots of kids have issues with them. Some will for the rest of their lives. Hair can be cut, colored, styled…whatever, but for some, zits are forever, Make-up isn’t a miracle cover up.

          • MsT-Mac

            You missed it.

          • Masterpieced

            Zits are a negative. Black hair is not negative.

            • MsT-Mac

              Thank you! It’s very deeply entrenched, so much so that even one who thinks she is an advocate reveals how negativity is attached to natural hair in her own mind.

    • Jodiann

      You’d be surprised. I live in Jamaica and I am still in high school. 99% of the students at my school are black. We are not allowed to wear our hair in Afros or have large puffs. They claim hair styles such as those are “not fit for school” and we “aren’t properly groomed” when we have such hair styles. They claim we hinder the other students from properly seeing the chalk/white board. We aren’t even allowed to wear Bantu Knots. It’s surprising how widespread the discrimination against Afro hair is seen in predominantly black countries.

  • George Mason

    I’m offended that you think this is just a black hair thing.

    • Jade

      last time i checked, the only thing a white person could get suspended for relating to hair is dyeing it an outlandish color.
      Black hair has been constantly seen as “unkept” “nappy” and “unprofessional”

      • pilgrim

        if boys hair is too long. not to mention this happened in a country which is 90% black.

      • Emily

        I wasn’t suspended, but the dean of my school didn’t like my hairstyle back in the 80s and it wasn’t colored.

        • Guest

          That’s the point….why was she harshly treated? Threatened with suspension and expulsion. It’s ridiculous to suggest if she didn’t straighten her hair they would go to that extreme.

      • shari

        Really, my granddaughter has red thick curly hair and so do I and was told that our hair was “unkept” and messy… the young lady is the story is beautiful, and that principal is a moron!

      • Tina Chambers

        I was in high school in the late 70’s, and boys would be sent home if their hair was past their shoulders. It’d only been a few years since they were allowed to have it touch their shoulders, actually.

        One of my friends had gotten his hair permed during the summer and he had a huge white-boy ‘fro as they were called. The principle told him that when he came back to school the next day it would either be cut or he could stay home for the next 3 days. He had it cut when he came back the next morning.

        Of course, back then, our parents didn’t rush to school to protect our delicate little snowflake feelings. We did what we were told.

  • ACH369

    Her hair looks just fine! This is such a ridiculous argument…

  • mary porter

    The young lady looks very nice, well groomed hair; if this is true of the teachers / school they best look at themselves in the mirror and keep their mouth shut.

  • lol@greenbayfans

    I have naturally curly hair that is wild, more like cree summer or scary spice. sometimes I straighten it, sometimes i don’t. sometimes I pull it back, sometimes I don’t. I will wear my hair however I chose. Those that don’t like it can kick rocks. If a job or a school told me how to wear my hair, I would do exactly what they told me not to do, just out of spite…consequences be damned

    • Bill Cole

      “can kick rocks”? That’s a new one. I agree though.

    • lol@greenbayfans

      First of all falcon. Do not presume to know me, my level of class, or my intellectual level based on one comment I make. Second, I went to private school and was never thrown out over my hair or for any other reason. It simply wasn’t an issue and should not be one now. As for your other responses to me, I will let you think as you please since you have already labeled me. But yeah, I’m the person with the issues