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School Now Says Dreadlocks Are OK

School That Banned Dreadlocks Reverses Decision

The Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, OK, has faced harsh criticism ever since it barred 7-year-old Tiana Parker from wearing dreadlocks because it was against the school's dress code policy. So it's hardly surprising that after an online petition to change the policy received more than 20,000 signatures, school administrators and board members have updated their policy, nixing the mention of specific hairstyles, Todayreports. According to, the policy now states, "The Administration reserves the right to contact the parents/guardians regarding any personal hygiene issues that it believes causes a risk to health, safety, and welfare of the student, his or her classmates, and faculty or staff, or detracts from the educational environment." But for Tiana's family, which was initially told that "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, Afros, and other faddish styles" were unacceptable, the policy changes are too little too late. "We are of course happy for future students and families at Deborah Brown Community School. However, that does not change the fact that our 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, was made to feel that there was something wrong with her appearance, in turn coming home in tears," the family said in a statement.

Photo courtesy of the Parker family
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DarlaLaughlin DarlaLaughlin 3 years
This is not race issue. This if pure discrimination and it's illegal. It is discrimination against religion and religious practice. Rastafarian religion practice says you must wear dreadlocks. It's a religious right and religious freedom. It's illegal to discriminate and highly improper for a school to make a young child feel that way! A petition should have never been necessary. The school was breaking the law. Period.
ParsiGonzalez ParsiGonzalez 3 years
Pure racists! That's what it is! Plus I agree with missnanny, why don't they address the waredrobe that some kids wear to school, and not particularly these kids 1-5th grade, but the junior HS and HSchoolers with their so called uniform miniskirt u know!
missnanny missnanny 3 years
Hairstyles should be left alone - what they need to focus on is the slutty clothes, and stinking perfumes or colognes that some of them wear. There are people with allergies to these items - can be a health risk
TeresaStewart71965 TeresaStewart71965 3 years
I for one was more appalled by the fact that the founder and officials of this school were African American themselves. How dare they condsider natural hairstyles "fadish" and hindering to students. For us to alter our hair with chemicals is the "fad". What damage have they done to the self esteem of these young people and with those rules fall right into society's guidelines of what is beautiful and what is not. Tiania you are a beautiful child and will grow into a lovely, courageous woman. Never allow anyone to make you feel any less. Shame on Deborah Brown for offending the very children you should be attempting to uplift. As we need to support our own businesses and encourage their success, I think your omission to include natural hair styles for what ever reasonining maybe your demise..
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