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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