Black Girl KICKED Out Of School – For Her Hair Color

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Lis
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Back when I was in high school, the kids wore all kinds of colors in their hair from fushia to green to blue. I guess times have changed. They WERE extensions though, I don't understand why they just didn't removed it.


monalisa6643
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SHE TOO DAM YOUNG TO HAVE THAT COLOR IN HER HAIR ANYWAY. BUST SHE SHOULDNT BE SUSPENDED. BUT SOMEONE NEEDS TO TALK TO HER MAMA. SHE ONLY 12.. THAT AINT CUTE MAMA


strongblackwoman
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IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S A LOUD COLOR! IT'S A COLOR WOMEN WEAR EVERY DAMN DAY EVEN IN CORPORATE AMERICA! WHAT THE HELL? what if that was her permanent hair color? what would they do then? expell her? that's stupid if you ask me...... AND WE WERE ABLE TO WEAR COLOR IN HAIR THOSE DAMN GOTHIC KIDS ALWAYS USE TO HAVE THEIR SHYT PINK OR BLUE!


Lis
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@SBW, What corporation are THOSE sistas working for with maroon hair?? lol


Kasey30
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Subtle racism at it's finest. There is nothing wrong with her hair. She IS NOT in corporate america.


sexyazzred
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Poor baby, mommy should make her take them out...you can't forfeit education because you wanna wear your hair maroon...even sadder than this though, a few years ago i had a 5 year old with lime green extensions and golds in my class!! go figure.


strongblackwoman
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LIS PLENTY, SHYT A LADY AT MY JOB RIGHT NOW HAS BROWN AND BLACK BRAIDS THAT COME DOWN HER BACK THEY ARE NEATLY DONE ETC, (defense contractor engineering firm and its only three black women out of 100 and something folks lol) I'M SORRY BUT I DON'T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WTIH THE CHILD HAIR, IT'S NEAT, ITS NOT LIKE IT'S ONE OF THOSE CRAZY ASS UP DO'S OR HARD DO'S ETC......


Joy
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TOO GROWN ......................... That's the problem you women ARE MAKING YOU LITTLE GIRLS GROW UP TO FAST.................... WTF is she doing with long weave and COLOR WEAVE @ THAT????? TOO GROWN....TAKE THAT SH*IT OUT THAT LIL GIRL HEAD


Joy
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WHAT HAPPEN TO LITTLE GIRLS WEARING RIBBONS, BOWS, PONY TAILS AND THEIR NATURAL HAIR WHILE IN GRADE SCHOOL...@ LEAST TILL HIGH SCHOOL...... TOO GROWN.... KIDS WITH CELL PHONES, PAGERS, I-PODS, BLACK BERRIES....GOLD TEETH, BIG CHAINS ETC.... THIS IS SOME GHETTO NON SENSE..... She has no business looking like a grown women when she is a little girl....... I HATE SEEING YOUNG GIRLS COME TO CLASS LOOKING MANISH AND GROWN.... Then you get mad when you find out that your little girl is f*ucking @ the age of 12-13-14-15........


tiaje
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Like my beautician told me a long time ago, if you cannot be born with that color hair, don't dye it that color. I wanted some maroon/burgundy hair once upon a time and he was not having it. So I can understand where the school is coming from but some things are a little more important than worrying about her hair color. What are her grade looking like?


cinabrown
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The bottom line is mama paid $100 she ain't taking that sh!t out


cinabrown
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@tiaje the article said she's an honor student


desree85
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No cinabrown. The bottom line is, rules are rules.


tiaje
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*grades* my bad. Thanks @cinabrown....i was watching gone baby gone and didn't feel like reading the article.


cinabrown
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I think her is nice & neat. I've seen worst and younger kids & grown folks. It's shame that her grades are going to suffer over her hair style.



cinabrown
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*putting glasses on* I've seen worst on younger kids & grown folks!! @tijae LOL


azanakamili
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That is so silly. Her hair is not a distraction. What about those blonde kids that walk around with a big-@ss black streak or the kids that dye their hair jet black and then have ultra blonde, red, or blue & green streaks in them with thieir way too large goth pants and chains & stuff. THAT'S DISTRACTING! Told Y'all - it's getting out of hand.


strongblackwoman
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tiaje Flag post Like my beautician told me a long time ago, if you cannot be born with that color hair, don't dye it that color. I wanted some maroon/burgundy hair once upon a time and he was not having it. So I can understand where the school is coming from but some things are a little more important than worrying about her hair color. What are her grade looking like? ************************************* my point exactly, granted being 12 with weave color is much but that depends on the parent, I mean damn did Indie Arie song mean anything lol " I am not my hair" lol, but Tiaje Dying your hair will have your ass around here bald lol I definitely agree with your hairdresser on that one... but as for this little girl, when I read the headline I thought she had some orange or green highlghts lol, but burgandy? and it's neat? wtf? but hey if it was a part of the school rule to know have different color hair and she disobeyed then she has to be punished


sir_tibbs
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You really have to question the mothers judgement on this. Her child is missing out on an education for what she considers fashionable. This sadly is not the worst story I've heard about parents siding with there children's bad choices. A year ago their was a story in the news about this despicable black mother who was angry that the school wouldn't allow her PREGNANT TEEN daughter going to the prom. We wonder why a young generation values are what they are. This mother is telling her daughter her hair style is more important than a education.


babybro_901
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@ ANTIDUMB........ I 110% AGREE WITH YOU!! I HAVE BEEN PREACHING THIS SAME ISH FOR THA LAST FEW YEARS!! THE MORE HIP HOP DEGRADES US, THE MORE AMERICA LAUGHS AT US!!!! NOW I AM A HUGE FAN OF HIP HOP......."REAL" HIP HOP!!!! BUT DAMN.....CAN WE GWET AWAY FROM THA CRACK SALES AND EXTRAVAGANT ISH THAT WE "CLAIM" TO OWN??? THIS IS WUTS CORRUPTING OUR KIDS AND SUM OF US!!! WE AS A RACE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND HELP EACH OTHER!! NOT JUST THE BLACK MAN...THE ENTIRE RACE IS BECOMING EXTINCT. IF WE CAN SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES AND PROGRAMS THE WAY WE SUPPORT THE OTHER ISH....THAT WOULD BE A START!! WE GO AND PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR SUM ISH THAT THEY WOULDNT EVEN BUY!! THEN THEY SIT BACK AND LAUGH AT US!!! THEY MAKE IT DAMN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE IT IN CORPORATE AMERICA FOR US, BUT WHEN A BLACK OWNED COMPANY THAT IS TRYING TO DO SUMTHING FOR THE COMMUNITY OR US AS A RACE, COMES ABOUT, WE BRUSH IT OFF AS NOTHING!!! WE MUST COME 2GETHER AS A PEOPLE FORST!! B4 ANYONE ELSE CAN RESPECT US!!!!! SORRY FOR VENTING, BUT I REALLY FEEL I NEEDED TO SHARE THIS!!! FORGIVE ME IN ADVANCE FOR ANY TYPOS!!! LOL!!! I AM AT WORK!!!


lalaland
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i think the reason this is an issue is because it is a reoccurring scenario. there have been employers that have been protested against because they have fired employees that wear ethnic hairstyles. the most recent case i remember this happening was with the six flags located in Maryland. most school or business handbooks only give a vague description and state that extreme hairstyles should not be permitted. i for one do not see anything extreme about this style and believe it is age appropriate. i for one have styled much more outrageous than this. the style is age appropriate and i do not think the style has anything to do with her education or if she is trying to look "grown" true enough it would be easier for her to get a more appropriate style and charge it to the game. but her mother may not have money to throw away like that. $100 is a lot of money to spend on the hair of a middle school student, but this is a hairstyle that is meant to last a really long time. she's just lucky she didnt spend more than that because in the salon that i work you cant get micros for anything less than $180. the only reason it is turning into a racial issue for some is because many non-ethnic people do not understand black hair care and things like this can end up happening hell they could have sent her home for wearing her hair in pigtails because it color coordinated with her outfit too much. white people are just funny like that


cinabrown
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The article stated that the girl is hanging out at the mall. Why not stay home and catch up on her work?


Danae
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Read the letters to the editor. The school is not keeping the child out -- her mother is. That's a HUGE difference. Apparently, the mother considers those $100 microbraids more important than her child being in school. Also, there's the question of other students -- who are white -- having been expelled for having strange colors in their hair as well.... and some people are asking whether the child is receiving free/reduced lunches and if she is how its possible that her family can afford a $100 hairdo. There is a question of her actual grades, and there is a question of the journalist's intent in writing the story in the first place. We have got to do better. This is not doing better. Where have we, as a black community (those of us who are members of it) failed?


Danae
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cinabrown wrote: "The article stated that the girl is hanging out at the mall. Why not stay home and catch up on her work?" Unbelieveable. If you're going to make a big deal about being kept out of school because of the color of your hair, you better be on the right side. Who is looking after this child while she's at the mall? Has her mother given up on her child that quickly, to think that the mall is a better place for her to be than in school? What is this child's grades like? Why isn't she catching up on school work? I think it's wrong that she was tossed out for having maroon hair.... but if other kids were also tossed out for having dye in their hair, then tough luck. Those are the rules. Take the colored microbraids out. And seriously, you mean to tell me there's no one in the community who would be willing to redo this child's hair for free/a reduced cost so her mother won't have an excuse to keep her out of school? something ain't right. pure classless, ghetto.


lalaland
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@babybro_901 why does hip hop have to be brought up every time an issue comes up in the black community? and fyi there are many blacks who do not live by the standards that hip hop attempts to portray. black people need to learn how to dissect the truth from a make believe in a fantasy world. black people should work at coming together but i am demanding respect whether or not anyone believes black people deserve respect. black people need to stop blaming all their problems on racism and all you self righteous blacks need to stop looking at whites to validate you as if they are the only people that control which standards of behavior are acceptable. stand behind what you believe in but don't be no fool either


cinabrown
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@Danae, she's at the mall because her mom works there as a store clerk


Ciana
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A white girl was taken out of her class because she had red high lights so I guess this an issue about colors that seem to think may distract other students or look “unprofessional” or whatever they want to call it. I guess every where is starting to make rules like this. So it has nothing to do with race because it has happened to BLACK and White students.


babybro_901
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@ LALALAND....... I CAN RESPECT THAT!! I WASNT BLAMING HIP HOP...IT WAS JUS USED AS AN EXAMPLE. NO PUN INTENDED...........


Danae
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cinabrown wrote: "@Danae, she's at the mall because her mom works there as a store clerk" Exactly, cina -- no one is watching that child. Her mother is working, at the mall. She's there to work. The mall is not a babysitter. It is not an educational experience... unless her ass is sitting up at Barnes and Noble the whole time. Is she? Her mother is making mall money -- where is her father at? -- which is great if you're a teenager but it's hell if you're trying to raise a child. More power to every woman who is doing it, and probably doing it by herself at that. A mother needs to want more for her child than that, though. What kind of mother has this to say about her child's education, ***Are her academics worth risking to take a stand against a student policy? So far, her mother says yes. "I think I'm going to have to get a lawyer," her mother says.*** Yeah, right. She's making mall money, who's she gonna hire as an attorney? Some Hammer style shyster promising big money for b.s.? Unbelieveable, twice over. This is why black folks are falling behind, spending money on depreciable b.s. instead of investing money on things which will uplift us and take care of us in the long run... $100 on microbraids in order to be in style, but can't afford to pay to eat (allegedly). Like ghetto folks having escalades and 3 months behind in the projects. We are doomed. And then this mother blames everyone else for HER decision to keep her child out of school. I wonder how old Ebony Neasman is, and what kind of guidance (or rather, lack thereof) she had in her own childhood.


Prettiebrown
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It is getting ridiculous for black people. First of all, the child is in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL not corporate America! Geez, the kid is only 12!!! Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with this child’s hair nor do I view it as “ghetto”; “ghetto” by whose standards? Who are setting these standards and who are we conforming to? The hair is BURGUNDY, so freaking what! Just because she was not born with “burgundy” or “red” hair does not mean that this child does NOT have the right to add it to her head! And when she does add it, how fair is it to label her as “ghetto” just because she wants to add red freaking hair? So all black kids, women, etc. with red or burgundy hair are ghetto??? We want to scream black people need to wake up, come together, etc. but we need to STOP letting other races (INCLUDING US) put labels on ourselves!! We should not allow ourselves to be defined by our hair or hair color by ANYONE. If they could associate the red hair with unacceptable behavior that is perhaps disruptive or creating a menace to the school then I could understand, for instance, maybe a group of gang-banging girls within the school classifying themselves by wearing red hair, as a result, every other girl who dons red hair is associated with this gang but I see no problem this child’s hair is causing. All I know is, I’m tired of every single thing black people do being painted as negative, ghetto, etc. This child is an honor roll student. So what she wants to change the color of her hair. One bad apple does not speak for the rest.



cinabrown
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There's valid points posted here today. The mother is hurting her daughter by not taking out the braids and sending her back to school. The money issue was bought by the mother and I believe that's the reason why she won't take the braids. It's shame that her daughter's education is being halted by a hairstyle.


cinabrown
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If she keeps her daughter out for too long, then the school can call CPS. Lady it's not worth it!!TAKE THE DAMN BRAIDS OUT AND SEND YOUR DAUGHTER BACK TO SCHOOL. THE END


Pinkz
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I totally agree! Then we wonder why R Kelly and other dirty old men are looking at our daughters. I would say the mother needs to reevaluate her pritorites as well. It is truly not that serious to have a child strolling the mall all day instead of being in school. If she is making mall money, then she should definitely stress the importance of education. Furhtermore, all the technologies are total distractions for students. I can't tell you how many cell phones, Ipods, and other meaningless technologies that they don't need from 8AM-3PM that I had confiscated while in the school system. ALL Distractions! Believe it or not, that is the only time I had the pleasure of meeting most parents, when I confiscated their child's phone! Until we are in a position to make the rules, we should comply as long as rights are not being violated. Corporate american and american period, do not want us there, this is just one more thing to weed us out. When you become the CEO, President, then you can make changes!


MissBarbados
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This is the problem now people value there style more that education, and that is the lesson her mom is teaching her. When I grew up in Barbados we werent even allowed to paint our nails, because it was a place to learn (not to say that was too strict). But those were the rules and you followed them. When summer vacation comes she can put neon blue weave in if that makes her happy. It is sad that she would prefer to be held back a whole school year than take the stupid weave out. Plus it is just ghetto and ugly in my opinion. To make it in this world you have to conform to a certain degree. She should pick her battles wisely, if not she has a long road ahead of her.


Ciana
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What is up with all the GHETTO STEREOTYPES? My aunt lived in a bad neighborhood and there were never any escalades or anyone looking dirty other then the drug addicts. As a matter of fact the most expensive car I ever saw was a Honda. And there are smart kids who want to go to school and stuff and yeah there are some bad ones but that is every where. Some people can not help it that they can not afford to live in better neighborhoods but that is wrong to sit here and talk about them like they are trash and are all the same. And something I noticed is that some people in here are quick to talk a lot of stuff about people in the hood and stereotype them but then get mad when other races stereotype Blacks. Just something I analyzed.


hey
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It sounds to me like she's in a private, academy, or charter school. Some public schools will put rules in place for the safety of the kids. Also, to help the parents save money and allow the children to focus on what's important, which is getting a good education to compete in the real world. People who normally wear stuff like that know to take that out when it comes time to go on an interview to get a job. I hate to say this, but her name alone won't get her a job. That's the new trend to avoid hiring Blacks.


strongblackwoman
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MISSBARBADOS: what's ugly about it? isn't your island accustomed to braids? Ciana I agree folks kill me, black people talk more shyt about black people then other races, they be the frst to hate and prettybrown what elementary school has 12 year olds lol? i thought 12 meant seventh grade? well i was 12 in middle school


THE_WAY
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@Prettiebrown THANK YOU!!!


shauna_623
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12 is to young to have color in your hair. thats why these kids look so grown these days and grown men are pushing up on them. take out the color replace it with black AND SEND HER BACK TO SCHOOL. her education is way more important


sierra714
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i agree that the rules are ridiculous however, those are the rules, her mother needs to get off her "high horse" take that hair out of her childs head and send her behind back to school, education is more important than hair , if thats the rules she needs to abide by them.


Hellno
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Nothing is wrong with that girls hair. People need to do research on the school itself and from what I've found, it's not reputable. What if the child was from another country, would they also change up the rules to make sure that child fit the typical american standards of appropriation? Why does it matter how much the hair was done for? The name calling has got to stop. I'm tired of people labeling something that is different from "white" society as being "ghetto". It's part of our culture. I was 8 when I started to get braids in my hair.


tiaje
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If its human hair, can't she just dye it instead of taking it out. Dye is a whole lot cheaper than another bag of hair.


Prettiebrown
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LOL well I'm from the south side of Chi and they put you in one school for grades K-8 and call it elementary school! Elementary school = K-8 High school= 9-12 Never really used the term middle school before...


blackpocahontas
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You know i often read the comments on here and I get very frustrated knowing that many of them are from the persepctive of black women. I agree with the ones who have mentioned how we make sure to talk about one another and judge more than anyone else. I could care less what white folks think. I don't make it a ahbit to explain myself to anyone, let alone them. Furthermore, there is NOTHING wrong with this girl's hair. It looks normal for hairstyles today and the color isn't at all vivid. Furthermore, I am sick of people making black women's hair color or styles an important determinant to further pick us apart. The aesy thing to do from the perspective of the high and mighty and self-righteous who have posted on here is to simply conform. And then if you conform to everyhting white folks come up with, then what? It's the hair, the cloths, the music. Next we will be back in Jim Crow and then in shackles, b/c we go along to get along. And to the person that continues to take their step and fetchin show from threadt to thread, talking about don't we know how white folks are tired of us playing the race card, I would like to ask you a question. You probably work for a company and feel that you are somewhat successful. But there isn't a way in hell you can honestly tell me, that after all that damn conforming and following the rules and going by the book, for them to only tell you, they need much more, you don't get pissed. You get dressed every damn morning to go to a job where outwardly, you act like its going great. You are probably the person that the NICE white people can have those "what is wrong with black people?" conversations to get your point of view as if you somehow speak for the black race. Our problem right now isn't white folks. It's us. Because we volunteer to tear ourselves down for white folks. "Oh No Sir, you don't have to worry yourself with them ni$$as, I will handle it for ya, sir" Bottomline, if a white broad get to dye her hair as blonde as possible, when her natural hair color is brown, or dye it red, then ain't no way, you can tell me, that something is wrong with burgundy or maroon or whatever. So all these women on here that can be self righteous and act like they have all the answers, need to get off the damn gas. Furthermore for the mother, it isn't even about the money, it's about nature of the situation. And for those people who can't read and talk about, if the rules say this, you must follow them. That school handbook doesn't specifically mention anything of the sort. That was the point of the article. Amazing how we can judgme before we even get the full understanding of what we just found out. But that's black folks for ya. I can see that many of you agree with how Bill Cosby goes around putting blacks on blast in front of white folks. SAD


MLExperience
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Okay had to read the article. Mom said who says whats inappropriate, that's an opinion. I can answer ....the PRINCIPAL. That's her job and this already is teaching the girl to disrespect authority. She also wasn't kicked out of school... she can come back if the maroon is out.. so There is a choice. They chose to leave the red in .... so therefore she cant return to school. I doesnt matter what mom or MTO posters think. Principal made a call.... I dont think there is anything wrong with the hairstyle iself I do think its too mature fo a girl of 12 yrs old. With her being on the honor roll she probably got the braids as a reward for doing well. This poor child of course has no one to point out the obvious because anyone who names their child Shawnterya is obviosly lacking in judement when it comes to matters of decorum. We wont have to worry about her hair messing up her interview her name will do that before they see her. schools have dress codes and students have to abide by them. If we start teaching kids at 12 yrsold you DONT have to follow set rules or respect authority at school what start does that get them in life. You may not like it all you want .. but since when has black people not liking anthing changd the way of the world? you may not like a lot of things ... AND..... you may not like school uniforms ... but guess what you have 2 choices.... wear them .. or go to another school. There are always options ... a 12 yr old child needs to be learning self validation and self esteem and to be satisfied wih herself FIRST .. not being taught that weave is OK ... it is only OK if you have the right values n your mind and knwo who the hell you are and are not conforming to a standard.. 12 yrs old hell her hair is still NEW .. and needs to be combed everyday ... like a 5 yr olds.... if its okay for a 12 yr old to have weaved in braids then its ok for a 4 yr old too ..and I have seen 4 yr old with heads FULL OF WEAVE.... im sure the same ppl would say there is nothign wrong with that. ALSO .. children see things and want things ... they dont knwo anybetter ... some things are okay .. SOME the parents are supposed to be some kind of guidance to them and explain why it is NOT OK .. not now maybe when you are older.... NOT indulge them .. UNLESS that il ha alopecia and needs a wig ... 100 is too much to spend on a 12 yr olds hair ...b/c mama is lazy ad dont wanna comb her hair ... also ... why not ASK THE SCHOOL is this okay for my child to wear before spending that kind of money? I would have woked to everyone's benefit. GIRLS OF ALL RACES have self estem issues when they get certain age....Black Girls have it even worse. Society and self hating ni99as(not black folks) tell them that long hair is a must ... if you cant grow it sew it ... they see this on the videos... s they think I must have this .. So many girls mess their healthy thick, course, kinky hair up ...with perms, braids, weave and glue, when if they just took care of it properly it would be healthy and grow. Healthy hair .. grows!!!!!its when the ends are split and stress put on the hair follicles, and neglect tha is begins to break out 90 percent of the time... and to blckpocahontas....you act like blacks live in vaccum that the rest of the world can't see .... grated Bil cosby's comments are generalized, abusive, and hippocritical...and he is too far removd from the situation at hand to comment......He is not saying anything that is a secret or ppl cannot see. EVERYONE SEES US ... they see how we act with each other and otherwise...



iluvyellaboys
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I was thinking maybe her hair is hot pink with "shawty is a 10" shaved in the back or something, but when I clicked on I was like WHAT! for that, that school needs to reinstate that girl ASAP! and find some of them white kids plotting to hang noose or over take the school or something, her hair should be the least of their worries especially in 2007! ridiculous!


CrIsTaL
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At first I thought this may have been only a one time thing with the girl but the people commenting on the story are saying outrageous things about the school too. One white lady said her daughter was sent home for the color of her hair too and another said her daughter was sent home for having pink fingernail tips that were longer then ½ cm. So I have finally concluded that this is not a very well liked school and Black and White parents are frustrated with their overly strict rules. And they also mentioned how the school failed to inform the parents a student brought a knife and no punishment was given to that student which is very poor discipline on the school part and something else about a student bringing a gun. But I went to a strict school in DC where we could not wear color socks (only burgundy, white, black, or gray) our skirts could not be above our knee or we would get sent home and we at least had to go home with THREE TEXTBOOKS and this was a public school lol so I understand what going to a strict school feels like. But dag the girl hair was not as bad as I thought it would be.


azanakamili
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Antidumb: Sorry it took so long for me to respond. It's been a busy day @ work! I agree totally. We (as a people) put ourselves out there a lot. The videos, the late-night videos, the lyrics, the sterotype of rappers/hip hop stars is just sad. Of course we aren't the only ones that do it, but we are always that ones that are come down on. Crazy.....


CrIsTaL
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Yeah I understand what you mean. When you are under somebody else work place then you have to follow the rules. But until you get your own business you can make any rules that you feel are right. Yup but that is just the way life is. You do not always get your way may be unfair but that is how it’s played.


azanakamili
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Antidumb: Me too - I'm almost there - and I can't wait! I sort of can now, but it's a bit too risky to find out. I've had colored hair on a professional job before - an office of law - but I didn't let my hair color define me or my professionalism. I dressed appropriately, I spoke with the best of grammer, my mannerisms were that of a professional, so it's a little of both. How a person handles the situation makes a big difference too. How that person carries themselves, etc. I've always been told, "don't go to an interview with a weave ponytail" Well, there's nothing wrong with that. The ponytail's not zebra striped or red, white & blue, so what's the problem? If I showed up to work or to an interview with plum/burgundy micros - noone should really notice because my actions and my professional aura should speak louder than my hair. Now, this little girl is 12 & in middle school, this is the time when children want to experiment & "find" themselves by playing with hair color, different styles of clothes, etc. The decision was a bit extreme. If it were a private school, I could agree. Lots of them have VERY strict rules and regulations. How did her mother approach the school? Did she go calmly, or did she portray the stereotypic "mad black woman" that we are so widely known as? That could have played a part in it as well. As revenge on the mother, they suspend the daughter. It's a very touchy subject.


Lakishia
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She should just change the hairstyle or all least get one of those can dye sprays and spray it black until it's time for those micros to be taken out. And it's not really a big deal, just change the girls hair color and she can go back to school. I don't know why y'all are making this into a big "race" issue.


Joy
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She is 12................... HER ONLY RESPONSIBLITY IS TO GO TO SCHOOL.............. Should she get a pat on the back for being on the HONOR ROLL AND MAKING GOOD GRADE???????????? THAT IS WHAT SHE SHOULD BE DOING. SHE SHOULD AND IT SHOULD BE EXPECTED THAT SHE MAKES GOOD GRADES. SHE IS A BABY AND SHE does not need to have color in her hair...IT IS NON SENSE..... BAD ENOUGH SHE HAS EXTENTIONS ..... Please she needs to wear her own hair until she older.. SHE DONT LIKE IT THEN GET A JOB AND DROP OUT OF SCHOOL..... GROWN A$$


blackizbeautiful
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That is so ridiculous! What does hair color or style have to do with disrupting class? If kids want to be distracted, they will be distracted no matter the surroundings. I hate to be the one to cry conspiracy, or to play the race card, but I cannot contain my feelings. This child has been targeted because of her race, and if she had been white and walked in with a lime green mohawk, I bet you they would not have said two words about it. Although I do understand the mother's standpoint on keeping her out of school until this is resolved, I still wish she would change her hair and get her back in school because their plan is probably to get more black children out of school to sabotage their eduaction. Then after I put her back in school, I would still pursue taking this to court, but in the meantime this child needs to maintain her honor student status-I would not play into their hands like that if I was the mother.


hippiechic
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Good... obviously she attends a conservative school where education is paramount. It's time to get rid of the ghetto hair and hit the books!


CrIsTaL
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What is ghetto hair?


luscious_vanilla
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I don't know if I'm trippin or most of the people up on this post are...but I don't see ((((ANYTHING))) wrong with her having braids?!?! Are you kidding me?? When I was in junior high, there was this girl who was an honor student and she was into experimenting with diff color braids. She would rock royal blue and white braids for a cpl weeks and red/burgandy the next. Not something I would ever be personally into b/c I don't do weaves at all, but she had her own style and never got in trouble for it once. And I knew other girls just like her. Most kids experiment throughout school with hair, clothes, or whatever and thats the time to do it before they reach adulthood and have to conform to mainstream society. Ya'll sitting up here talking about she's too young for braids??? I rather see her with different colored braids than her dyin her hair the actual color...that, she would be too young for. In a day and age where I've seen (((3 year olds))) get perms and preteens wearing sew-ins/quick weaves, I would rather see a girl her age rockin braids more than anything else.


Roni
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That dumb bitch needs to change her daughter's hair so that she can go to school and THEN fight to change the hair code if that's a problem.


sillyme
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Tsk tsk tsk....the problem initially lies in the parents and based on some of the responses I see hear the next generation of Black children will be no better than the ones that are already here. Some people on MTO and on the newspaper website state that because the child is an honor roll student then she SHOULD be rewarded with $100 microbraids if her mother believes that is appropriate. HELL NO! A child should not be rewarded for doing what he/she is supposed to do. You are supposed to go to school, sit your tail down in your seat, listen to the teacher and do your damn work. When I brought home my report card full of high grades do you know what I got from my parents? A tip: "Next time do better". There was no monetary reward and the only time gifts were handed out were either on birthdays or Xmas. Some grown adults don't even get rewards for doing the job that they are being paid to do. A child is supposed to learn and she will be rewarded when she gets her college and/or graduate degree and moves herself into a different socioeconomic bracket than the one she was born into. My parents gave me my first merit-based gift the day I walked at my college graduation and received my Bachelor's from Duke University. But no, you have fools buying their kids lavish gifts b/c they graduated middle school. The girl is 12 y/o old and there is nothing wrong with wearing braids but color is not necessary. My mom braided my hair with extensions on and off between elementary school and high school with nothing put #1B off-black synthetic hair. There was absolutely no color. I would protest because my mom would wear mixed colored braids and I couldn't and her response would be "I'm a grown woman and you're a child. When you become an adult and make your own money you can do what you want but right now you are a child and you will look like a child". Sure, its just maroon-colored braids for now but then what next? A platinum blonde sew-in weave? I'm out here in Philly now attending law school and I am disgusted when I see these young Black middle and high school female students rocking the long colored individual braids down to their butt crack and the two-toned colored weaves that look they just stepped out of that Halle Berry movie "BAPS". They look too grown for their age. I'm only 23 and I am appalled. My old-school Jamaican parents were not having that. I couldn't wear sew-in weaves, acrylic nails, hair color (unless it was a black rinse) or get highlights. The most "outlandish" thing I was allowed to do was get some bangs. The mother needs to at least replaced the colored hair with black hair or cover the color with a black rinse. Her child's education is 10x more important than a fashion statement. Keeping her daughter out of school so that her daughter can look cute and fly will get that child no where in life except maybe a job at a store in the mall where she works.


AgentB
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The girl is a damn pre-teen. 12 years old ON THE HONOR ROLL!! What she and her mom choose to do with her hair is nobody's business. That is a matter of opinion. And the school has to be white. That principle aint black! At what black school do you know of where this would be a distraction? In Peoria?!?! WTF?!?! And the braids don't look half bad. Yall are trippin on here, hard!!


focus
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Yes it is someone's business. Maroon hair may be worn where she lives but not in school, if that's their policy. This mother is setting her daughter up to rebel against authority at an early age. In businesses, hospitals, the military, etc., hair must be a natural color or it can't be worn, period. Of course we have people going around in this society who want to do what they please but there are rules we must abide by. Now some towns are adopting "no sagging" rules because people want to wear their pants around their thighs, knees, ankles, etc. A lady was just fired from a hospital for having purple hair. They showed her the work handbook about grooming plus gave her attempts to correct it. When she didn't, she was FIRED! If you buck authority and think its wrong, go to the school board. Don't teach the child to be rebellious. No wonder you can follow many children home and see the carbon copy they came from. However, when they're adults they just may not have a job.



AgentB
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@Sillyme Nowhere in the article does it say it was a reward. If she asked for the micros and got them LIKE HER DAMN MAMA GOT EM IN HER HEAD TOO, then that is a matter of choice, and you should not be sent home based on some vague a$$ rule that doesn't specify anything. What if she had cornrows? That could distract children every bit as much as the micros she got. And just because your mom was/is strict and hers aint as strict doesn't mean this 12 y/o won't be going to the same school you're at now in 10 years. Long as she keeps on layin those grades down, she can go far no matter what color her hair is.


focus
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So many black college students were showing up at internships dressed any kind of way that many universities now enforce a dress code if you're a business major. Some people think wearing a belly halter to a job is suitable.


AgentB
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And i wish yall would stop comparing grown a$$ women with a 12 year old. Purple hair aint natural on nobody, and I may hate seeing blond on Kunta-colored women, but that's their personal choice. Hair color should not be the focus at any SCHOOL. A law office, maybe, but even that's becoming less and less protocol.


sillyme
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@ AgentB, I'm going to kindly ask you to read AND comprehend what I wrote. No where in my post did I state that the girl's mother gave her microbraids as a reward. I said OTHERS have COMMENTED on MTO AND on the NEWSPAPER WEBSITE (not the article) that maybe the mother the braids were a reward for being a good student. She can have braids like her mother if she wants to her and if her mother thinks keeping her daughter out of school to make a fashion statement then that only hurts her and she might just end up LIKE HER DAMN MAMA (as you so eloquently put it). Yeah, I'm sure she can go as far as she wants if her education is in order but to my recollection I have never seen many Black female students with crazy colored hair at prestigious colleges and universities and I surely didn't see purple or burgundy hair on any of the women (Black or white) at the legal internships I've worked at. I only know of one Black chick in my school with a tri-colored mohawk and its no surprise she can't find a job in her last year of law school. "And i wish yall would stop comparing grown a$$ women with a 12 year old." A lot of those grown @ss women were once 12 y/o who tried too hard to look grown. "Hair color should not be the focus at any SCHOOL." You may believe that hair color should not be the focus at any school but more and more schools at least on the collegiate level are asking applicants to send in a picture of themselves along with their application. I'm sure purple hair will not be a good look.


flygirlph
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I do think she is a little young to have color in her hair but what about when the white girls come in one day with brown hair and the next they have blonde. That's a damn distraction!


heaven2120
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IT is now 6.46pm and i have read the entire article and every single comment on the other site. the white ppl on that thread are more understanding and are making more sense than most of u black ppl on here. where in the world would u say braids are not acceptable on a 12 year old? im sure many of u that are making a fuss wore braids when u were growng up,or had young family members that did. i sure as hell i know i did. who knows the condition of the childs hair under those braids? maybe her hair didnt look as neat without the braids. nowhere in the school handbook did it specify what was acceptable or not in terms of hair. many of u are saying that she should only wear a"natural color". well BLONDE is natural. would that have been better? i guess only if it was a white girl. carrot colored red hair is natural, would that have been better? i guess only if ur some white kid. u see there are issues concerning race and this is not just about some stupid hair color. i see nothing wrong with the childs hair. if white children with naturally black or brown hair can bleach their hair blonde, or dye their hair red, why cant this beautiful AFRICAN - AMERICAN young girl wear a few strands of maroon? she is not acting out, or trying to be a woman as most of u put it. it was ok with her mother, so who are u to say otherwise?


CrIsTaL
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I agree heaven 2120. They did seem more understanding and less judgmental. It was surprising to me that all the negativity towards the little girl was coming from her own people. But oh well being a certain race does not qualify you to have a certain opinion so I guess that is what individuality is about. I still respect and understand everyone’s opinion though.


januaryreign
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From what I understand, it's not about race, it's about hair color...now seriously, why should a 12 year old REGARDLESS OF RACE have burgundy streaks in her hair? Just because she wanted it? She is a child and way too young to be rocking hair color and her mother really should have known better. She's a fool to keep that girl out of school - just what the hell is her daughter learning not being there, staying in a mall all day with her mother? I'll tell you what - that this will be your future too, working at some minimum wage bullshit job because she can't be allowed to "express her individuality" in corporate America. If they said that she couldn't wear the BRAIDS in her hair to school, then it would be a different story altogether - I would say it's definitely racist. But come on - keeping her out of school is not making the situation any better. Would it kill her to replace the burgundy with the girl's natural color?


pooh9
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"ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can work full time while finishing school, raising respectful and intelligent children, be active in the PTA, be the pastor's secretary, and the choir president and a make it all seem effortless ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can make a $100 out of 15 Cents ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can go from the boardroom to the 'hood and "keep it real" in both places. ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can slap the taste out of your mouth. ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can live below poverty level and yet set fashion trends. ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can fight two struggles everyday and make it look easy. ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can make a child happy on Christmas Day even if he didn't get a darn thing. ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can be 75 years old and look 45! ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can make other women want to pay plastic surgeons top $$$ for physical features she was already born with. ONLY A WOMAN OF COLOR Can be the mother of civilization. Did Ya Hear me? If you are A WOMAN OF COLOR , please do not delete.... If we can forward "Ghetto" degrading e-mail, we can do the same here...


iluvyellaboys
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there are way worst things a 12 could be doing besides have burgundy braids....is she a straight "A" student? does she cause a disruption in class? I just turned 18 and we do want to express ourselves......I understand rules, but her hair ain't even that outrageous! the school needs to focus on the academics and behavioral aspect of things.


acadiarose
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Some of the comments here are so ignorant, it is almost painful to read. First let me say, if you are going to comment, you need to read the article AND look at the girl's picture, beforehand. Otherwise, you make yourself look like an idiot not knowing all the facts. I don't understand why we black women are so judgementalof one another. Don't act like you don't know the horrors some of us face with our hair. Braids is an excellent remedy for many of the problems we face with our hair. My family had my hair braied almost from birth lol. I had a few strands of hair on my head and they were braided. My hair was braided regularly until I was around 13, which is when I got to make decisions about my look. Does this mean I was acting too grown for my age? Of course not! I was a good kid and was not running around acting out like a lot of girls are now. You all need to get a grip. This child's hair is fine. And to whoever said this is why R. Kelly and other old dirty men look at our girls the wrong way, how in the hell can you come out your mouth saying something like this? This girl could walk down the street naked and a gorn man still wouldn't have the right to put his hands on her. It is because these nasty men are sick that they do this. It has nothing to do with the girl's hair color. She's a good student, and she dresses appropriately. The girl is wearing a Tshirt, for crying out loud. It would be different is she showed up to school in a hlater top and miniskirt.


acadiarose
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sorry for all the typos


bew-t
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This is got d a m n ridiculous - aint a got d a m n thing wrong with that little girl's hair!


Shawty2ruff069
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ya'll are all dumb if you really think it's a problem. Because you know if that was your child ya'll wouldn't take that sh*t out. You paid your money for it and the reason for her being suspended was dumb..because ya'll don't find these white chicks with blonde at the top and black at the bottom distracting..she didn't dye her hair..but when them braids is ready to come out then go head. but until then stand up for your rights ain't nothing distracting about it..like i said before ya'll dumb if you think the girl is too young and ghetto..and shame on the momma blah blah blah..if it was your child you would be singing a different note calling up the papers and news crew!!


Hellno
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I would hate to see if the girl went to school with long weave down to her knees and see if they would tell that child to go home because its a distraction. Google zeitgeist and watch how their taking away our civil liberties. Some of you guys are going with the norm of backing up a police state of mind. There is a program in the UK that has students monitored with RFID, a tracking technology chip, that would follow your students where ever they go. They say it's for safety but you have to question everything, who is monitoring these devices?, Rfid were for pets, now they want them for your children, When did children become animals?, Now in this case, why should the mother settle for nonsense, she should be able to question the circumstance of the situation. Just because rules are made does not mean that the rules are made in stone. Do you think you would be here today if it wasn't for our ancestors who challenged slavery? NO. So think first before you rush to judgment and do a little research before you scream out these racist and demoralizing comments.



PLaymateBri
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uhhh...this is gay cuz alot of schools have that rule n alot of kids get kicked out cuz of it so y she make the newz?


acadiarose
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Fortunately, this has been settled and she is being allowed back into school, without having to remove her braids.


AgentB
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@Sillyme The way hair color should be on a 12 year old is your opinion, albeit a tad bit conservative. But it is a fact that people make choices. Obviously, this was a choice that both mother and daughter could live with. With that said, whose business is it what she chose to be her hair color? Secondly, the mother aint holding her out of school to make a fashion statement. She holding her out of school because A) she can't get the micros out, or B)to make a statement concerning rules that are so general, they can't possibly be fair.


sillyme
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@ Agent B , I respect your opinion and your point of view. I respectfully agree to disagree. Thank you for having such a civil debate/discussion - that doesn't happen too often on this site


Ciana
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Oh okay that is good that she is back in school.


AgentB
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I still luh ya Sillyme. LOL.


Hellno
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121269 Flag post SHE WAS DUMB ASS [EXPLETIVE] ANYWAY.SHE WAS OUT FOR 4MONTHS. Your a dumb ass