The first days of school should be memorable ones. For one student at the prophetically named Barbers Hill school in Mont Belvieu, Texas, the start of the 2017 school year will always be remembered.
Unfortunately, it became a day of distinction for all of the wrong reasons. The student was sent home before classes ever really started.
The 4-year-old, Jabez Oates, was not able to attend classes because he did not meet the dress code. More specifically, his hair was too long.
Jessica Oates said her son has never had his hair cut. And she wasn’t about to break out the scissors now.
When they registered for school they were made aware of the policy at Barbers Hill that the hair of any young man in attendance must be above the ears and eyes and off the neck. Not a problem — or so Oates thought.
She pulled up her son’s hair in a bun. The school said that wouldn’t fly.
Oates told CNN that a cut was out of the question. “I don’t believe in it. I will not cut his hair.”
The school was not intolerant in the matter though. They did say that exceptions are offered for religious and cultural reasons.
All that Oates had to do was write a letter attesting to this. Until that process has been completed, the school said that the student cannot attend.
Oates was incredulous over the requirements. As she told ABC13, “I don’t believe that short hair should be required to get an education.”
For their part, the school issued a statement. It read, in part, “Our local elected Board has established policy based on community expectations, and Barbers Hill administration will continue to implement the said policy.”
What do you think? Did the school make the right choice?
Were they too quick in their decision? What about Oates? Is this the fight to take up?
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