Suspension for Long Locks

As shared in this article, four- year-old Taylor Pugh has been suspended from his pre-kindergarten in Balch Springs, Texas because he has longer hair.

It’s actually a sweet story. Little kid decides he wants to grow his hair out and donate it to make a wig for someone with cancer. Makes dad agree to also grow his hair out.

Like most sweet stories, it has a sweet ending. Four-year-old Taylor gets expelled from school. Eventually, the school decides that’s too harsh for a tot, and gives him in-school suspension instead. For the last month, Taylor has been sitting in a classroom alone, working through the Pre-K curriculum.

Frankly, this is ridiculous. As cited in the article, “According to the district dress code, boys’ hair must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt. Hairstyles “designed to attract attention to the individual or to disrupt the orderly conduct of the classroom or campus (are) not permitted.” First of all, plenty of professional men have longer hair, my father included. Furthermore, regardless of his hairstyle of choice, a kid deserves the change to be in a classroom and play with his peers. Forced gender roles in the classroom, a patriarchal agenda, conservative norms, blah-de-blah, but even more importantly, we’re talking about a preschooler!

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