Black student sent to alternative discipline program over hair

An 18-year-old Black student at Barbers Hill High School in Texas has been assigned to an alternative school over his hairstyle.

Darryl George has been suspended since August 31 for having dreadlocks that allegedly violate the school’s dress code. After over a month of in-school suspension, he has been informed that he will be sent to an alternative education program, EPIC, from October 12 to November 29 due to “failure to comply” with campus and classroom regulations. The school’s principal cited repeated violations of their dress code, which includes restrictions on male students’ hair length and appearance.

The student’s family has demanded that authorities enforce the CROWN Act. The CROWN Act, which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” aims to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and forbids employers and schools from penalizing individuals for their hair texture or protective hairstyles such as braids, dreadlocks, and twists. George’s family asserts that his suspension and disciplinary actions violate the CROWN Act, which became effective on September 1.

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