When Adriel Arocha, 5, was born, his Father Kenney vowed to teach him his heritage.
"We feel that it's important to raise him as Native American until he's able to make a choice," said Kenny.
And part of that heritage meant he would not to cut his son's hair, believing hair holds spiritual meaning.
District policy clearly states student's hair needs to be kept out of the eyes.
No hair can cover any part of the ear, a standard collar and no tufts or tails are allowed. The superintendent says exceptions are made for religion, but Adriel's parents have yet to provide proof of their beliefs.
"I was trying to find out what recognized religion they are that discusses they cannot cut their hair and the information I received then was basically it's their choice," said Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes.
For more on the subject, see "Primitive" Indian Religion.
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