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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:23

ORLANDO, FL -- An African-American teen told Local 6 she faces expulsion because administrators at her private school want her to cut and shape her hair.

Vanessa VanDyke said she was given one week to decide to whether cut her hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, a school she's been going to since the third grade.

But for now, she and her mother do not plan to change her hair because it is part of the 12-year-old's identity. But her natural hair style comes with a cost.

"It says that I'm unique," said VanDyke. "First of all, it's puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it's not straight. I don't fit in."

VanDyke said that first the teasing from other students, but now, school leaders seem to be singling her out for her appearance.

Faith Christian Academy has a dress code and rules against how students can wear their hair. The student handbook reads: "Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction," and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.

"A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another," said VanDyke's mother, Sabrina Kent. "You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?" :huh:

VanDyke said she's had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:30

Girl says school threatening expulsion over her 'natural form'.
Argues why can't I go to school without clothes on, it's natural.

Something being natural doesn't automatically make it ok. It's natural to go to the bathroom too but I don't want people taking a dump in public spaces. It's a private school and if they want to restrict haircuts they can. I'd certainly put what her hair looks like in a category with other expressive ones like mohawks. If she doesn't like the rule take her money (I assume since it's a private school she pays to go there) and go elsewhere, their loss. I do hope it's at least clean though.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:30

Should the School have these rules? No, it's lame.

Does the School have these rules? Yes, so obey them or get out.

 

She isn't a special case here and she won't be in the real world.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:32

I don't see how it's anymore 'christian' having close-cropped hair.

 

I guess they'd make Jesus himself, get a haircut. :rolleyes:



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:35

If there's a rule about length, okay, and I suppose everyone should follow the rule. If it's about being straight, that's kinda racist.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:38

First of all, I don't understand why she is being teased about it, she is beautiful. Her hair is amazing.

 

But yeah, schools can make their own rules, and she should comply or go to another school.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:42

all i got from reading that is, if she hadnt stood up for herself they would not be trying to force her to change her hairstyle.

 

at the same time it looks like the school just does not want to have to deal with the problem.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:48

She could put a band around it or something. My natural hair would be like Jesus or something, but I choose to keep it cut / styled / tidy. She could at least do one of those.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:50

Surely the school could focus on something more important. 



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:51

I dont see where it contravenes school rules in that those who quote it as a distraction are wrong.Its not styled or cropped and although the style is not normally seen that does not make it a distraction i.e. lewdly cut,shaped or coloured which is what I think they actually meant to say but put it more plainly,

If a well known teen celebrity started there would not their hair style also become a distraction?



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:52

She could put a band around it or something. My natural hair would be like Jesus or something, but I choose to keep it cut / styled / tidy. She could at least do one of those.

 

But that's her natural hair, and it doesn't look provocative, untidy, and it doesn't send out any messages. I mean, if she had a meter long mohawk, sure, that's a problem, but this? That's just her hair, and instead of forcing her to readjust maybe they should deal with the kids picking on her, that's the bigger problem here.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:53

Attention ######!! Get that nappy ###### under control! It's not all about you, you know...

 

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:56

Its a private school, dont like the rules.. goto public school or another private school.  simple as that.  (this does not mean I agree with the school)



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:57

Her hair is freakin' huge. Come on. While walking down the hall she'll surely be brushing up on people with it? I say it's fair game to ask that her hair be maintained at least to her own personal bubble space.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 21:58

Deru kugi wa utareru

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