Outraged middle school parents at a Cincinnati, Ohio middle school have called administrators to task over a recent memo that asked students to refrain from wearing their hair the way it grows out of their head.
The memo sent out by Pleasant Run Middle School’s vocal music teacher, Steven Reeves, calls for the following according to the New York Daily News:
“Men should receive the appropriate barber attention the evening before the concert,” the letter reads. “Mohawks, ‘barber design’ and large Afros are not acceptable. Men with long hair…should devote the necessary attention to make sure that hair is neat and pulled behind the neck in a conservative ponytail style.”
The mention of afro’s is a clear signal to Pleasant Run’s black student population. The annual holiday concert is scheduled for this Sunday at nearby Northwest High School.
“Ladies are strongly encouraged to visit the cosmetologist the evening before the concert,” the memo continues. “Hair must be styled in a manner that will not draw any specific attention to an individual performer on stage. Therefore, bright colors such as pink or red are not permissible.”
The school and Reaves, who is Black, has not responded, to reporter’s response for comment.
However a tweet by the school shows that the memo was not approved by school administrator’s who say the language expressed “does not reflect our views at all.”
“Yesterday we were made aware of guidelines sent home to students for the upcoming chorus concert. This message was not approved by PRMS administration and does not reflect our views at all,” the post began.
Administrator’s followed up the tweet with a link to updated guidelines.
Parents are calling for Reaves’ dismissal but time will only tell.