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Thursday, December 07, 2023

A Black high school student in Texas who was suspended for more than a month for wearing a natural hairstyle returned to regular classes this week after spending more than a month at an alternative school.

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Nope, not racist at all.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-12-07 04:03 PM | Reply

Here is a link to the High School's dress code

resources.finalsite.net

Here is the section in the dress code that specifically addresses hair:

. Hair must be clean and well-groomed.
. Geometric or unusual patterns (including Mohawks and Faux hawks) shaved or cut in the hair are not permitted.
. Unnatural hair color or color variation in hair (i.e. scarlet, purple, blue, green, orange, etc.) will not be permitted.
. Ribbons or other types of hair accessories should not distract from the learning environment and be appropriate to the hairstyle.
. Male students' hair will not extend, at any time, below the eyebrows or below the ear lobes.
. Male students' hair must not extend below the top of a t-shirt collar or be gathered or worn in a style that would allow the hair to extend below the top of a t-shirt collar, below the eyebrows, or below the ear lobes when let down.

#3 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2023-12-07 04:23 PM | Reply

Why put your kids thru that? Too hot, local tax hyperbole and red state.

Everyone could do better. And you staying is a choice.

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2023-12-07 04:33 PM | Reply

Be careful there, young warrior. Keep your head down, your spirit up don't whistle at any white women...
--Emmett Till

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2023-12-07 04:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

1 raise stink about minor rule
2 be black
3 profit
so when they gonna sue?

#2 | POSTED BY PASTMYPRIME

Texas literally passed a law banning this.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2023-12-07 05:19 PM | Reply

And you staying is a choice.
#4 | POSTED BY FRESNO500

Not everyone has a choice.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2023-12-07 05:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 FEDUPWITHPOLS WOW, in the 70s in NY, when I was in HS. a lot of boys wore their hair long. Some boys' hair went down their back, I sometimes miss the Hippy age.

#8 | Posted by Ronnie68 at 2023-12-07 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I like how #9 points out racism is the reason for these dress codes.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-12-07 06:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#3

In addition to stating what the dress code is, I think it is also important to note why the dress code was put into place.

From the link in your comment...

... The district's dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, maintain a safe and positive learning environment, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority. ...

... teach grooming ...

Grooming? Whose rules for grooming?

OK, the dress code quoted seems to have little purpose beyond allowing the school to assert its authority and demand that such authority be respected.

Totalitarian rule.

The teachers I had in high school would be of quite a different opinion.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 07:04 PM | Reply

"The district's dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, maintain a safe and positive learning environment, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority."

Has this student learned to respect authority yet, or does he need to be taught some more, by suspending him from school, where the teaching happens?

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-12-07 07:29 PM | Reply

"... teach grooming ...
Grooming? Whose rules for grooming?"

Presumably... professional Groomers.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2023-12-07 07:39 PM | Reply

@#12

Yeah, I'm starting to wonder why the school seems to be so focused upon this particular student.

My guess would be that there are other reasons beyond the imagined dress code violations.

But those imagined dress code violations are all the school has to silnce him.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 07:40 PM | Reply

Has this student learned to respect authority yet, or does he need to be taught some more, by suspending him from school, where the teaching happens?

RIF.

#15 | Posted by oneironaut at 2023-12-07 07:52 PM | Reply

Yeah, I'm starting to wonder why the school seems to be so focused upon this particular student.

You got any links to back up this assertion?

My guess would be that there are other reasons beyond the imagined dress code violations.

Then based upon an unsubstantiated assertion, you jump to this fantasy land conclusion.

But those imagined dress code violations are all the school has to silnce him.

Then conclude with this polished turd.

Can you prove any of these statements?

#16 | Posted by oneironaut at 2023-12-07 07:55 PM | Reply

Says the lying sack of crap commie stooge who couldn't tell the truth if it slapped him in the mouth.

#17 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-12-07 08:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#16 ... Can you prove any of these statements? ...

No. And i stated that.

That is why I said, ... why the school seems to be so focused upon this particular student. ...

... you jump to this fantasy land conclusion. ...

I said... ... My guess would be ...

Maybe English is not the native language of your current alias (my guess would be that it is Russian).

So, do try to read what I say instead of what you think I have said.

#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 08:18 PM | Reply

@#17 ... Says the lying sack of crap commie stooge who couldn't tell the truth if it slapped him in the mouth. ...

Yeah.

I almost passed a mouthful of coffee through my nose when I read that comment.

But what can I say, some people (i.e., the current alias behind #16) seem to be, oh so, proud of their ignorance in understanding the English language. (not that I am saying that may be the only ignorance it appears to be proud of...)

#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 08:22 PM | Reply

proud of their ignorance in understanding the English language

It's like a ----- in their armour.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL at 2023-12-07 08:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#9 I would have flaged your post as
'generally racist, with a strong hint
of being culturally uninformed',
but sadly, that was not an option...

#21 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-12-07 09:51 PM | Reply

generally racist

Dang. I was going for that but got bleeped.

#22 | Posted by REDIAL at 2023-12-07 09:56 PM | Reply

Oh we KNOW you're racist Redial...
don't you worry your pretty little bonnet
none...

#23 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-12-07 10:51 PM | Reply

@#23 ... Oh we KNOW you're racist Redial... ...

Who are "we," and how do those comprising "we" "KNOW" Redial is racist?

Yer up...



#24 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 11:06 PM | Reply

"My guess would be that there are other reasons beyond the imagined dress code violations."

Not mentioned in this article, but another:

"George, 18, already has spent more than 80% of his junior year outside of his regular classroom."

"School officials said George was sent to the disciplinary program for violating the dress code and the tardy policy, disrupting the in-school suspension classroom and not complying with school directives. As he completed his punishment there, a district spokesperson, David Bloom, said George was told he would go back to in-person suspension unless he trimmed his hair."

It may be the kid is just naturally obnoxious and not very good at figuring out which hill he wants to die on.

But this isn't a racial thing. If some white kid tried to get away with a mullet, said kid would be in the same position...it's just nont likely it would make news.

I had the misfortune of attending a year of school in Lake Jackson, Texas, not too far from this school. Same stupid rules. In fact in the late 1980s they'd still drag you into the principal's office and beat your ass.

#25 | Posted by madbomber at 2023-12-08 01:27 AM | Reply

@#25 ... It may be the kid is just naturally obnoxious and not very good at figuring out which hill he wants to die on. ...

Or maybe, quite the opposite.

... "School officials said George was sent to the disciplinary program for violating the dress code and the tardy policy ...

So what was it that he did? Spefically?

Was it the dress code violation or the tardy policy?

Why are the school officials apparently so ambiguous in their accusations?


That aside,

Why do the school officials seem to demand such a rigorous agreement with their rules?

I mean, can you say "indoctrination?"

I can....


I will repeat, the teachers in my high school would be aghast of what seems to have occurred in this thread.

fwiw, here's my high school...

Brooklyn Technical High School
en.wikipedia.org

... Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly called Brooklyn Tech and administratively designated High School 430, is a public high school in New York City that specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is one of the three original specialized high schools operated by the New York City Department of Education, along with Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. Brooklyn Tech is considered one of the country's most prestigious and selective high schools.[4][5]

Admission to Brooklyn Tech involves taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test and scoring the cutoff for Brooklyn Tech.

Each November, about 30,000 eighth and ninth graders take the 3-hour test for admittance to eight of the nine specialized high schools. About 1,400 to 1,500 students are admitted each year.

Brooklyn Tech counts top scientists, inventors, innovators, Fortune 500 company CEOs and founders, high-ranking diplomats, academic scholars, literary and media figures, professional athletes, National Medal recipients, Nobel laureates, and Olympic medalists among its alumni. ...


There was no dress code at my high school. That lack of a dress code did not seem to affect the education that the students received.

So, I guess my main question here is why does the stated dress code of that Texas school seem to be focused upon things beside education?

#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-08 01:53 AM | Reply

Grooming? Whose rules for grooming?

Apparently it is left up to the judgement of the principal!

Students shall be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the principal's judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations.
. This is an authoritarian move if there every was one. It's even encoded into the bylaws.

No one person should be able to impose their will on the outcome of such a culturally sensitive issue. A culturally diverse committee should have been appointed to review and approve the dress code and to adjudicate any issues stemming from it. If we have learned nothing from our sordid history, it is that white folk and black folk, often have radically different opinions about cultural issues. Add to the mix, Native Americans, Muslims, Jews, Asians, etc. and the days of a single cultural perspective dominating all others is coming to an end. Perhaps that dominance coming to an end is what compels the MAGA movement?

#27 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2023-12-08 06:41 AM | Reply

Dirty kids bring lice to school. Keep them clean and groomed. Ty.

#28 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-12-08 07:46 AM | Reply

Maybe it's a cultural thing to not read the articles.

The suspension wasn't for his natural hairstyle. It's a bunch of stuff:

Disruption of the in-school suspension classroom;
Failure to comply with directives from staff/administration;
Violation of tardy policy; and
Violation of the dress and grooming policy.

#30 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-12-08 12:33 PM | Reply

That lack of a dress code did not seem to affect the education that the students received.

#26 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2023-12-08 01:53 AM | FLAG:

Yet they added one anyways. There is a dress code but no uniforms.

Uniforms are the best. Super progressive, you can't tell who's rich and who is poor.

#31 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-12-08 02:06 PM | Reply

They have a policy.
They are enforcing it.
As a liberal male teacher, how is this the school's fault?
#notracism

#32 | Posted by e1g1 at 2023-12-08 04:45 PM | Reply

"As a liberal male teacher, how is this the school's fault?"

Like this:
Abbott signs into law CROWN Act banning race-based hair discrimination
www.texastribune.org

And this:
Texas school district's dreadlocks ban discriminatory, federal court rules
www.texastribune.org

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-12-08 04:49 PM | Reply

So if he was a female then this wouldn't be an issue? Why is it ok for females but not for males? Why do we accept gender discrimination against males?

#34 | Posted by Detroit at 2023-12-08 06:05 PM | Reply

The suspension wasn't for his natural hairstyle. It's a bunch of stuff:

FYI: The alleged infractions, excluding the tardiness, were apparently connected to his natural hairstyle.

IOW: They "threw the book" at him because of his natural hair style.

#35 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2023-12-08 07:29 PM | Reply

They don't send you to A school for hair.

#36 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-12-09 07:04 AM | Reply

Fascist State governments gotta do their thing. Tell us more about freedom!

#37 | Posted by chuffy at 2023-12-09 10:27 AM | Reply

"So, I guess my main question here is why does the stated dress code of that Texas school seem to be focused upon things beside education?"

This is nothing. When my kids were in school in Louisiana, they had to wear uniforms in public school. The intent was to minimize individuality, as individuality may result in some sort of discrimination or distraction.

#38 | Posted by madbomber at 2023-12-09 10:44 AM | Reply

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