Principal Kicks Student Out Of Class Because Of Her “Unprofessional” Afro
I don’t think it’s too much of an overstatement to say that there appears to be a crusade against Black people, particularly Black women. The plan has been so well crafted and devised that even Black women perpetuate the oppression against each other.
Recently, a Toronto principal kicked a 13-year-old 8th grader out of class because she wouldn’t pull her afro into a puff or ponytail.
The 13-year-old girl, whose identity her parents want to remain anonymous, was doing her work at Amesbury Middle School when the school’s principal, Tracey Barnes, approached her and instructed her to pull her hair back or spend the rest of the period in the office.
Barnes told the little girl that her hair was “too poofy,” “unprofessional” and needed to be corralled.
The girl said she was shocked.
“I didn’t see what the big deal was about my hair because it wasn’t bothering anybody. I was just doing my work so I didn’t see why I had to be pulled out of class because of my hair.”
While her family doesn’t want to receive any further backlash by revealing the young girl’s identity, her aunt, Kaysie Quansah, spoke out both on Facebook and to news cameras.
“I know that as a little, Black girl, it’s hard growing up in this world. It’s hard growing up with European beauty standards kind of pushed down on us from a young age.”
The girl’s mother said that the principal, a Black woman, had been bothering her daughter about her hair since she stopped wearing it hair in braids and started wearing it out, in a loose, natural kink.
Her aunt said that she was surprised to learn that the principal was Black, but also not.
“We grow up, all this time, feeling like we’re not beautiful. And so for her to see [my niece] and her natural hair and to think ‘Oh, she will never get a position or she won’t be accepted in society because of that’ feels like it was drilled in her when she was growing up and now she’s projecting that onto little Black girls who may have reminded her of herself.”
The school does require uniforms but hairstyle is not a part of the standard look.
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