Tiana is a 7-year-old girl who was said to be in violation of dress code because she has locs. Her school Deborah Brown Community School has listed “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” When I first watched the video I didn’t see anything wrong with her hair. It is neat and even accessorized with a cute pink bow. I know everyone is getting on Sheryl Underwoods’ case but I feel there is a bigger problem. Natural Hairstyles are deemed unacceptable under academic dress codes. Read the full story and see interview below.
Deborah Brown Community School is one student short for the remainder of the school year.
Terrance Parker said the school hassled him and didn’t leave him a choice. Parker said he yanked his 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, out of classes because of a disagreement that left her in tears.
Parker, who’s a barber, said school officials at Deborah Brown told him Tiana’s hair didn’t look presentable.
“She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” said Parker.
The charter school has its own set of rules. While no one at the school agreed to speak with us on camera, administrator, Millard Jones told FOX23 that Terrance Parker was fully aware what was expected. However, for his young daughter, it just hurts.
“They didn’t like my dreads,” said Tiana.
Fox23 reviewed the school’s dress code. It states, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
The school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.
“She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems,” said Parker.
Parker said her hair looked the same.
“It hurt my feelings to the core,” said Parker.
“I think that they should let me have my dreads,” said Tiana.
Tiana, a straight A student, wears a different school uniform now, but the same hair style, which looks perfectly fine according to her new school.
Since the Tulsa School, Deborah Brown Community School received an overwhelming amount of disapproval for forcing Tiana Parker To Leave School for Hair, they have decided to change their policy.
According to local Tulsa media outlet NewsOn6.com, the charter school’s 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 the health, safety and welfare of the student, his or her classmates, and faculty or staff or detracts from the educational environment.”