A returning 7-year-old student at Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa has been forced to change schools because of her natural hair. Terrance Parker, father of Tiana said the school hassled him and left him no choice other than to find another school for his daughter.
A professional barber, Parker said he takes pride in the appearance of his daughter. School officials (who refused to go on camera for local reporters) – said the childs loc’ed hair violated their policy.
Why are you so sad? Because they didn’t like my dreads,” cries Tiana. Although she attended the school last year without incident, now officials say they have a policy that states “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
You can watch the video below.
They’re not the only educational environment banning natural hair. In 2001, Sid Credle, Dean of the Business School at Hampton University mandated a ban on cornrows or dreadlocks for male students in the MBA program. The controversial ban continues even today.