Get Over It Already: TX School District tells Grandmother of 4-Year-Old Boy He Has to Cut His Hair
Another day, another child being told their natural hair isn’t “fitting” enough...
A-Listers, meet the adorable Michael Trimble, known to his family and close friends as “Tink.”
Last month he and his grandmother arrived in excitement to his new school in rural Texas, but once they got there Tink’s grandmother, Randi Woodley, was told they would need to report to the principal’s office. Expeditiously.
Upon entering, it was to Woodley’s surprise, she would be engaging in a grave conversation about her grandson’s hair.
“…I went to the principal's office where she explained to me that my grandson's hair was too long."
Woodley also said the superintendent gave her three options; the last appearing to be a bit snarkish and uncalled for.
“…the superintendent then gave me three options. He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school, and when prompted, my grandson must say he's a girl."
The apparent reason for the superintendent's last suggestion was so that Micheal could be protected under federal law.
Another parent, Kambryn Cox, says her son Kellan experienced the same kind of scrutiny about his hair.
“With my son's dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face, so I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then that's a problem," Cox said.
Both Cox and Woodley say they plan to fight against what they believe to be a gender and race issue.
(And what I believe to be a stupidity and mind your business issue.)