A letter to parents from an Ohio school was posted online and the school now may have to answer questions about their dress code.
Horizon Science Academy outlined what was acceptable student dress and included a ban on some natural hair styles:
The letter details changes to the dress code for the upcoming school year and includes the line:
Afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with our [sic] without rubberbands, are NOT permitted.
It’s unclear what the administration means by small twisted braids, but if they are referring to box braids they are banning a protective style that black girls have worn for generations. Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail (when pulled back our hair puffs out instead of laying down), and yet the rules do not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities.
The “personal appearance” ban also includes mohawks, hair dye, and body piercings.
Why do schools find the need to police their students’ self-expression to the extent that they would ban natural hairstyles?
Why is this ban necessary?
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