A Texas college board confronted a lawsuit after issuing an in-school suspension to an 11-year-old boy who got here to class with braided hair in honor of his Black heritage.
Hope Cozart mentioned her son, Maddox, spent greater than every week remoted in a cubicle at Raymond Mays Center College, a part of the Troy Impartial College District, the New York Daily News reported.
Maddox is biracial. His father is Black, and his mom is White, based on KCEN-TV.
She advised KCEN-TV that Maddox and his sister needed to study their African heritage.
“We attempt to educate our youngsters about all of their tradition. Black, white, Native-American, every part,” Cozart defined. “They prefer to discover their tradition. We checked out African Tribes and the way they braid their hair up. Bantu knots and all of the meanings of all that.”
The varsity reportedly claimed the coiffure violated its ban in opposition to boys’ carrying ponytails, prime knot, bun, or comparable hairstyles.
Cozart referred to as the coverage outdated.
“Center college is the toughest years for lots of youngsters. So that you can single them out due to their hair. That, that is loopy. Children ought to be capable of specific themselves and hair doesn’t have an effect on your schooling,” she advised KCEN-TV.
Superintendent Neil Jeter declined to remark to the TV station as a result of “It could not be acceptable for me to debate disciplinary motion involving particular college students.”
Change.org launched a petition marketing campaign in help of Maddox.