By Micha J. Stone
In a recently filed appeal brief, Needville ISD’s attorney said the judge’s ruling “hijacked” the district’s authority to “regulate its population.”
To "regulate its population"? Is this a school or a concentration camp? The whole episode is outrageous and screams injustice. Adriel has been punished all year long for his hair, forced to be alone in a room with a teacher, not allowed to attend class or socialize with peers at school. Since the sixth day of the 2008-2009 school year, Needville Elementary School officials began placing Adriel in in-school suspension for coming to school with long hair (hair tied in two braids worn outside his shirt).
“Upon arriving at his classroom every morning, Adriel is escorted away from his classmates and into another room where he sits with his ISS teacher for the rest of the school day,” the suit states.
“Adriel endures this segregation for over seven hours every day with no opportunity to engage in group learning or social play with other children during class or on the playground,” the suit states, adding that the Texas Education Code says ISS can extend for no longer than three days."
The cruel and ugly intolerance is mind boggling. Aside from religious discrimination it is also sexual discrimination, because girls are not expected to keep their hair short. It is an attempt to deny history and cling to a past filled with oppression and discrimination.
This is yet another example of white privilege. Who determines whether children can wear long hair, cornrows, mohawks, tattoos, piercings, etc.? The white people who run the school district. The norm is whatever they say it is.
Would an Indian school district rule against long hair also? Probably not, even though Indian schools also need to maintain order. The inevitable conclusion is that regulating hair isn't necessary to maintain order. It's a cultural imposition unrelated to discipline.
For more on the subject, see Long-Haired Boy Goes to School and School District vs. Five-Year-Old.