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Should This Boy's Long Hair Keep Him Out of School?

Should This Boy's Long Hair Keep Him Out of School?

This is five-year-old Adriel Arocha. Cute kid, no? His parents are trying to enroll him in public kindergarten in Needville, TX. But he wears his hair long — a tradition among many Native American religions like the one he follows — and the school district says he won't be allowed to attend classes until he cuts his hair to conform with the dress code.

Adriel's dad says this is unconstitutional, but the school board feels otherwise. They unanimously voted to bar the boy from class unless he trims his hair, and right now things are at an impasse. What do you think should happen? Are schools justified in expecting students to wear certain hairstyles, or is this an example of discrimination?


Cider-Morten Cider-Morten 9 years
Let him go to school with long hair.
me-n-myself me-n-myself 9 years
that cute little boy n his hair are harmless
ches ches 9 years
NO.he has the right to have a long hair and get an education.;)
kathleenjoy kathleenjoy 9 years
I can't believe people actually voted "YES"
daisymay81 daisymay81 9 years
The high school that my parents work at say no funky colors and no mohawks because it is distracting. I don't think long hair is distracting at all. He should move to my town. We are the Cherokee Nation capital, natives rule our town. It would be the biggest up roar in the state if a school here tried that.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
The school is definitely crossing the line. This should never have even been made an issue. Ridiculous.
CYL CYL 9 years
Did someone really just mention Lice as a reason for why this boy should not be able to keep his hair?! Eh what does THAT have to do with anything...Lice happens to people with long and short hair.. And I totally forgot about how a woman in Ontario got fired for shaving her head for Cancer... Seriously...why do we have to regulate what other people do? Just do what makes you nice to each other..and celebrate our differences because it makes us unique. I know this all sounds a little kumbaya
Briandiesel Briandiesel 9 years
As long as its clean and not a preoccupation for him, absolutely should not be a problem.
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
It's ridiculous and discriminating not to give him an education just because he has long hair.
sHabby sHabby 9 years
it should not be about the hair but its all about how the kid do well in school...
yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
I think that public schools schouldn't try to control what kids can and cannot wear unless it's severely distracting (like unnatural colors) or if it's dangerous (if the kid is taking classes where it might catch on fire or get ripped out). I don't think of this as just a race issue. It seems like they want to FORCE that kid to fit in. My brother had long hair for a long time much to the chagrin of just about every adult. I think kids should be able to be little individuals. Why can't they just tell him to put it in a ponytail and then settle down? They can't MAKE him cut his hair if he doesn't want to, and it's against the law for a public school to not accept students over something like this.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 9 years
That dad's right. It's unconstitutional to ban him from school for long hair, and in this day and age to be distracted by a boy having long hair is absolutely ridiculous. It is a public school, and as a taxpayer his father is entitled to equal rights and equal protection under the law - his child doesn't get rights until he turns 18, and no full rights until he's around 21 or so. But if dad wants his son to cherish his long locks, the school has to suck it up. Pulling the native card should have been enough to get the school board to back down; now all he needs to do is dial the ACLU and leave some of us to wish that Texas would just secede.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I can see both points of view, but since it is long for a religious/cultural reason, he should not be barred from school.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I watched a video snippet on this and saw that the mother braids his hair everyday, so it's not in his face or in the way. It's not disruptive, it's just the board trying to discriminate. If he can't have long hair, neither can the girls as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad that most people agree on here, i think it's sad that some people don't try to understand other culture and just want to them to conform and "move on". Anyway, this article was on LilSugar a while ago and I wanted to contact someone to let my opinion be know so If you wanted to contact someone about this, you could e-mail the school district Superintendent Curtis Rhodes. He was pushing for them to Not allow the boy in. I e-mailed him a week ago and never heard back
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm a public school teacher and we DO have a dress code that's described in our student handbook. However, it's very reasonable and "common sense" in a lot of ways...and it has nothing in it about how a student should or shouldn't wear his/her hair. I think this is crossing the line.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I could understand it if it were a private school, but it is not. The kid has the right to attend school regardless of how his hair looks. If I were that kid's parents, I would retain a lawyer and fight the school board. I am sure there are plenty of lawyers who would take this case pro bono.
latent latent 9 years
Y'all please stop with the "Omg. That's Texas for you." mess. It's a big state, lots of it is rural, but lots of it isn't. Not everywhere is conservative, and not all Texans are Bible beaters who want all children to conform to a certain appearance.
lindac lindac 9 years
"ONE WORD LICE" Kids with all lengths of hair get lice. This boy's hair is a non-issue. It appears to be a matter of bigotry instead.
cgb cgb 9 years
heidi-girl heidi-girl 9 years
how the heck does his hair have ANYTHING to do with his education?!
Jennipoo Jennipoo 9 years
@CYL - although not directly related, a Canadian woman in Ontario was fired from her job for shaving her head for a cancer research charity. Also, we have the debate in Toronto over there being a separate school system from African-Americans (as willed for by African Americans). Le sigh. can't we all just get along?
iHeartU83 iHeartU83 9 years
I guess i fail to understand why his hair is an issue at all. I could understand if they said that he would have to put it up, or keep it out of his face and such for safety reasons, but to make him cut it off is absurd. I really don't see any valid argument that would require a young child to cut his hair, especially if its not hurting anyone. Would they require girls to have long hair, or not have too short hair? i think its just a form of discrimination.
mominator mominator 9 years
My son has to shave any facial hair and have his side burns short and the top of his hair short. I understand this and go along with it because even though we do not like the rules there will always be rules you have to follow in the world. With this case though it is different. If the child is Native American and following the Native American religion then I do not think they should make him cut his head. We bend the rules for other religions and beliefs why not the Native American.
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