Seth Chaisson of the United Houma Nation has the same right to long hair that a Christian student has to wear a cross or a Jewish boy to wear a yarmulke to school, the ACLU said. But he was repeatedly reprimanded before a two-day suspension from Juban Park Junior High in Denham Springs, ACLU executive director Marjorie Esman said Friday.
"This is not a teenage rebellious whim. This is serious religion," she said.
Ed Foster, supervisor of child welfare and attendance for the Livingston Parish School System, said he has scheduled a meeting next Friday with the boy's mother. He said he could not discuss the situation further, citing privacy concerns.
The ACLU wants the boy's record cleared of all discipline because of his hair, and a guarantee that he won't be disciplined again for it.
That's what'll happen this time too. This case is even more clearcut than the previous one. That boy was only of Native descent. This boy is apparently enrolled in the United Houma Nation.
For more on the subject, see Court Rules for Long-Haired Boy, School Needs to Regulate Hair?, and Long Hair = Religious Freedom.