Tiana Parker's Former School Will Now Allow Afros and Dreadlocks


Deborah Brown Community School, the charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma that recently came under fire for sending home 7-year-0ld Tiana Parker on the grounds that she violated appearance guidelines by having dreadlocks, has decided — following a two hour school board meeting — to officially change their policy.

The school faced national scrutiny following the incident, with many critics saying that Deborah Brown Community School’s appearance guidelines violated students’ freedom of expression and was needlessly discriminatory against natural black hairstyles. The original policy stated “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

As many have pointed out, there is nothing “faddish” about dreadlocks or afros and, fortunately, after facing pressure from the ACLU and public-at-large, Deborah Brown Community School has chosen to alter their appearance policy to reflect this.

Tiana’s parents, who have chosen to send their daughter to a different school, told the local Fox affiliate that they would still like their daughter to receive an official apology from her former educators.

Local charter school votes to amend current dress code policy [Fox 23]

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