High School Bans Black Teen From Graduation Because Of His Hair

Mont Belvieu, TX — Deandre Arnold, a high school stu­dent from Texas, is report­ed­ly being dis­crim­i­nat­ed against because of his hair style of choice. His school, Barbers Hill High School in the city of Mont Belvieu, has sus­pend­ed him and banned him from par­tic­i­pat­ing in his own grad­u­a­tion unless he cuts his locks to a short­er length.

School offi­cials claim their deci­sion is based on their long-stand­ing pol­i­cy where­in “no dress code pol­i­cy that pro­hibits any corn­row or any oth­er method of wear­ing of the hair, our pol­i­cy lim­its the length. It’s been that way for 30 years,” Superintendent Greg Poole told KHOU 11.

However, activists believe that it is yet again anoth­er case of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The dress code is designed by white peo­ple for white peo­ple and is dam­ag­ing to Black bod­ies,” Black Lives Matter activist Ashton Woods said.

This is a Black and white issue, Deandre (and) his fam­i­ly should not have to go through this. But I expect it from a board that has zero diver­si­ty,” stat­ed Gary Monroe, with the United Urban Alumni Association.

A num­ber of activists sup­port­ed Deandre and his fam­i­ly in their dis­cus­sion with the Barbers Hill school board, hop­ing to come to a favor­able res­o­lu­tion. They thought that the issue was an insignif­i­cant obstruc­tion to the teen’s edu­ca­tion that might also be expe­ri­enced by oth­ers.

We’re here for Deandre, but it’s about more than that, this is about all the oth­er Deandres that could come through Barbers Hill,” Sandy Arnold, Deandre’s moth­er said.

Moreover, Deandre’s fam­i­ly, togeth­er with their sup­port­ers, are plan­ning to take the case to fed­er­al court if the school wouldn’t come up with a res­o­lu­tion 48 hours after their meet­ing.