Dad Pulls 7-Year-Old Out of School Because They Don't Approve of Her Hair (VIDEO)

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Tiana Parker

A 7-year-old girl in Tulsa was just forced to switch to a new school, all because the one she originally attended didn't approve of her hairstyle.

Tiana Parker's dreadlocks got her sent home from Deborah Brown Community School -- because they were in violation of the school's dress code. The rules state that "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable."

Officials at the school told her father, Terrance Parker, that she did not look presentable, and said they thought her hair might be a distraction from the atmosphere they're trying to achieve.

And instead of changing Tiana's hair to conform to the dress code, Terrance pulled her out of her classroom and enrolled her in another school where her hair isn't an issue at all.

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After I saw this video of this poor little girl in tears because her original school did not like her hair -- I couldn't be more behind her dad's decision to move her.

The poor thing! Don't you feel absolutely horrible for her? Shame on that school for leaving a beautiful little girl in tears -- but major props to her dad for standing up for her and not giving in to this stupid rule.

Can you blame him for wanting to switch her to a school where she feels accepted for who she is, versus sending her off to a place where she's constantly reminded that they don't approve of her appearance? I certainly wouldn't want my kid attending a school where he's judged on the way he looks, and where he knows people are constantly scrutinizing his hair, clothes, shoes -- whatever.

By moving Tiana to a new school, her father is teaching her that she shouldn't have to change the way she looks in order to fit in or please anyone -- which is such an important lesson for kids of any age, especially impressionable young girls. Her dad is reminding her that she's beautiful just the way she is, and that she should never have to change to accommodate other people's standards.

Hopefully this sweet little girl won't have to deal with anything like this happening again, and will always remember to stay true to herself, just like her daddy taught her.

Would you take your child out of school in this situation, or conform to the dress code?


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boymo... boymom228

Good For Dad, schools Need To Worry More Education And Less On Fashion

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

It was a charter school. Charter schools can make any rules they want, and if you wish for your child to attend that school, you must go by their rules. This shows the importance of public schools, because charter schools can, in theory, establish rules that would, in essence, deny access to students of certain races, learning levels, and disability/special needs.

nonmember avatar KA

IDK. I feel for her & her Dad, but those are the rules. They can't bend them for one student. Couldn't he have styled it differently? IDK. But I can also flip it because I don't see anything distraccting about her hair. It is neatly pulled back & her dread aren't swinging all over the place. Maybe the school should re-evaluate it's rules a bit -maybe they could have dreads, but they would have to be pulled back while at school?? It's sad all the way around, poor heart. I feel for her.

the4m... the4mutts

In this case, yeah, I would have moved her to a new school.

To the best of my knowledge, (I may be wrong) you can't just "un-do" dreads. They have to be cut off. So what? Shave a 7yr old girl's head? I think not. Most people dont just do up some dreads for the first day of school. They grow out, and require maintenance.

The right choice was made for this girl.

Coles... Coles_mom

Correct me if I'm wrong, but dreds are attained by not washing hair. The few people I've known who had them smelled terrible. It's probably more about the cleanliness issue. The dad, instead of making a big scene, could just have followed the rules and washed his daughters hair. Seems like a simple solution to me. Instead he's going to drag his daughter on television and play victim. The rules were in place BEFORE his kid got there. Follow the rules people!!!!! He's just looking for a paycheck.

jrphelps jrphelps

Mrs. Brown from this school is quoted in the original article.  Check out the schools website.  SHE HAS AN AFRO.  Why isn't she being fired??

.love... .lovemybebes.

If cared for properly, dreads don't stink. I know a lot of people that have them, and I don't smell a thing.

jrphelps jrphelps

Coles_mom.  I will correct you because you are wrong!  You can go to a salon to get your dreads done.  Her dad is a barber & hers are professional.  There is also special shampoo.  So some people do not take proper care of their dreads & yes they can stink.  But it appears this is not the issue in this case.  They were done properly & maintained properly.


Coles_mom:  Uh wrong.  My daughter has locks and she washes them all the time.  To acheive locks, the key is not to comb them and use a twisting method to start the process--it will make the hair interlock into itself.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Dreads look awful and almost always smell bad. I'm fine with not allowing them in school. If her dad really is a stylist he could brush them out and put her hair in a neat style like cornrows, dreads, or cut it short. All natural styles that don't require the use of chemicals.

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