When Jessica Oates of Houston sent her son, Jabez, to his kindergarten class, she didn’t except him to return home just a few minutes later.
Administrators at Barber’s Hill kindergarten center told Jabez’s mother that he could not return to school unless his long locks were chopped, per Houston Chronicle.
Oates plans on addressing the Barber’s Hill Independent School District board Sept. 1 to plead her case on behalf of her son. In the meantime, she has taken to Facebook to find support.
“When I signed the handbook I was informed that I could bring a letter stating that it could remain long for cultural and religious reasons. I apologize I didn’t realize the district was going to recant it’s statement and kick my child out,” Jessica Oates wrote on Facebook Monday morning. “Why in the world would I worry about my son standing out? If anything he can stand out for his wonderful little personality. It’s the community that will treat him as a pariah, as far as I’ve seen, as well as your school district.”
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