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Child with Long Hair Not Allowed in Kindergarten

Folks in Needville, Texas are protesting bending the school district's rules to let a five-year-old boy with braids enroll in kindergarten. Keeping with his Native American heritage, Adriel Arocha explains that he has never cut his hair "because it tells me how long I've been here." Despite the family's tradition and beliefs, the school board requires that boys wear their hair no longer than their collar. Locals think that making an exception to this rule could lead to other problems.

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madhatter madhatter 9 years
Re: Greggie's kids. When I was in school, crosses were banned because I lived in a predominately LDS community, and they wanted to keep out pentacles, and the only way was to ban "all religious paraphernalia." The Mormon kids got to keep their CTR rings, though. I did go to school in Arizona, where there's also a huge Navajo/American Indian community, and tons of the boys had long hair, so I guess my district was more progressive than Needleville, Texas. How ridiculous.
quivondra quivondra 9 years
A double standard if girls are allowed to wear their hair below their collar bones. And yes, you do sound like a hick and I don't care if you're from a small town. Let these native americans have the little culture they have left after you've spent the last 300 years taking it from them and replacing it with strip malls and wal mart stores.
babyfashionista babyfashionista 9 years
I live maybe an hour or two from Needville and sadly it's the same for our school district. Elementary school boys aren't allowed to have hair past their shoulders. They also can't have earrings or sleeveless shirts but of course girls can. I've always thought most of the dress codes were ridiculous and not to mention completely sexist.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Nope haven't heard anything back. I'll let you guys know if I do! I hope they're getting a ton of mail and messaged letting them know how ridiculous this is!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Renees3, have you heard back from your e-mail to the superintendant?
kmckay kmckay 9 years
elephant heart- i'm with you! this is a "free country" how can one impose a dress code about the length of hair? meanwhile there are kdg. girls with "brat" and "you can't tell me what to do" shirts and pants (written on the butt) at my school and that's fine. so weird. i hope this family wins their case for everyone's sake
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I fail to understand why the school board feels the need to set any sort of hair limits, length or colour!! Who cares! Long, short, braided, mohawk... what's the big deal! It's not doing any harm to himself or to any of the other students or teachers, so why is it even a topic for control?
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
No wonder this country is so screwed up. How long a little boys hair is that just wants to go to school becomes a major issue. we need to seriously get our priorities straight?
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
The long hair goes with his culture/families belief's, there for it should be allowed. If they feel like other kids will say "well if he has long hair, I should be able to have the same.." then you need to teach the children that it isn't so much a personal want as a cultural belief (although what 5yr old will grasp that.) I do believe that hair length shouldn't be monitored; unless it was at their ankles like Cousin IT, then that would be an issue. To much PC action going on.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I just wrote the Superintendent: I just read the article about your district not wanting to allow a young child to attend school because of his hair length. I'm appalled by the lack of tolerance and acceptance of other cultures. This seems to me to be religious discrimination. The only reason his hair would be a distraction is because the Adults in this matter have MADE it one. His hair length in no way would affect his schooling but by asking him to cut his hair you're affecting his personal and religious life in ways you can't even measure. I truly hope you will reconsider this when he applies for school and look at the situation for what it really is. A child wanting to learn. Is there anything more wonderful than that? Don't be the reason he stays home.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I just read that the board voted unanimously to uphold the decision that he must cut his hair to attend school but that the parents are going to appeal. This is SO ridiculous, I don't even understand how this can be an issue. 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.
blooditsnotfunny blooditsnotfunny 9 years
I read that they're going to court over this! Ridiculous... I hope their school district has a lot of money if they're willing to spend some of it in a court case over hair length. I looked for the e-mail addresses of the officials but couldn't find them!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
needville, texas; that's all i needed to know. sad, but no surprise at all.
Moms Moms 9 years
I can't believe this could actually happen — it's so ridiculous.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
wow - this "rule" sounds like a hold over from when the Native Americans were colonized. It's really sad. I hope he doesn't have to cut his hair. I do wonder if girls can have short hair...?
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
***I think it's ridiculous that a boy cannot have long hair. Especially a Native American boy doing it as part of his culture. Guess what, this was their land before we stole it!*** Hilarious!
Pencils Pencils 9 years
My nephew's had a Mohawk, a real one, since he was eight years old. He's now fourteen. He loves punk music, always has. (So do his parents, not that they dress like it.) He went to an Episcopalian school with uniforms at first and he could only have the Mohawk in the summers, but when he switched to public school at age nine he's worn it year round. I think it's ridiculous that a boy cannot have long hair. Especially a Native American boy doing it as part of his culture. Guess what, this was their land before we stole it!
ilikeatea ilikeatea 9 years
this is stupid...i am sure letting a boy with braids will lead to 6 year olds with pericing and tattoos coming into kindergarden...we live in a world with more than one monolithic culture (thank god) children should learn to embrace it. Unfortuantely because the adults have made such a HUGE deal out of this....the little boy..even if accepted into the school will be teased and see as 'wierd' by the kids..because of the some closed mindeed adults
jessie jessie 9 years
wow...what will they have rules against next? :( is there anything left? what is this teaching children nowadays? its telling me that it up to the parents to make sure the kids understand about different religions and cultures, the schools just want to stamp it out.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
This is beyond appalling - this school district is missing a wonderful opportunity to teach about different religious and cultural beliefs. Only by learning about others can we stamp out hatred and bigotry!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
Hair length or style doesn't negate a child's ability to learn. I find it appalling that this district would prefer to keep a child out of an educational environment over hair length. Dress code rules should be enforced for the safety of the students and this child's hair isn't hurting anyone. A person's religious or cultural beliefs shouldn't have to be removed when entering school, instead it should be celebrated and used as an example of acceptance and equality.
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