On school picture day, 8-year-old Marian Scott was told she couldn’t be allowed to take her picture. This, the school administrators said, was because of the red extensions in her hair. But after telling her so, they didn’t inform her parents but kept her in the class all day.
Girl Excluded From School Picture Day
The poor girl felt upset and cried at the exclusion. And so did her parents. Her father, Doug Scott, talked to WILX about the incident. He thought that this was all uncalled for. First of all, they should have called the parents so that they were aware of the issue. But nothing of the sort happened.
The principal of Paragon Charter Academy Ben Kriesch told WILX that the red braids violated school policy. The Michigan school has stated that their handbook clearly states that any hairstyle without “natural tones” is not acceptable. They give a one-week warning to the students during which they should color their hair back.
Furthermore, the school authorities said that they sent out notifications on Sunday about the dress code policy. But, the parents of Marian Scott didn’t receive any such email. If they did, Marian wouldn’t have gone to school the next day with red extensions, her father said.
Parents Upset At Lack Of Communication
Although the family won’t remove her from Paragon Charter Academy, they wanted better handling of the situation. Talking to WILX, Scott said, “If they would have reached out to us and say come get her … she’s got a hair issue, we need you to change it, that’s not allowed — I would have been fine with why this happened, but they didn’t reach out to us.“ After the incident, Marian has taken out the red braids in her hair. She went to class on Monday with her natural black hair. And now is waiting for the next picture day on November 12.
This incident is another one to be added to the long list of discriminations against black hairstyles. In schools and workplaces, hairstyles such as afros, braids, and locks are not allowed. But now, due to wide outage by the black community, this is changing. Just a few months in July, California’s Crown Act has made it illegal to discriminate against black hairstyles.