4-Year-Old Texas Boy Told To Cut His Hair Or Wear A Dress
After hearing that her grandson needs to have a haircut, a grandmother from East Texas is indignant. When Randi Woodley accompanied her grandson to see his teacher last month, she was informed that she needed to see the Tatum Primary School principal.
Woodley was informed by the school’s principal that Michael “Tink” Trimble’s hair was too long and that she had the choice to either cut it short or braid it and pin it up in a bun. According to CNN, the grandmother became even more incensed.when the superintendent of Tatum Independent School District offered a third choice, making the situation worse. Parents expressed indignation when Woodley complained about the school’s dress policy in a Facebook post.
Another person requested permission to launch a petition in Tink’s honour, which as of Friday had amassed more than 4,000 signatures. One mother reached out to her after dealing with a related problem. In order to keep her five-year-old son Kellan cool in the scorching Texas sun,
Kambry Cox said she e’ncountered c’riticism when she put his dr’eadlocks in a ponytail and sent him to school. The next thing they attempted was headbands, but Kellan didn’t like them. Kellan’s only option right now is to wear his hair down. But ultimately,
according to Cox, his hair will grow past the collar, which is against the dress code at school. He Instructed me to choose between cutting, braiding, and pinning up his hair or dressing my grandson in a dress and sending him to school; when questioned,my grandson had to identify himself as a female, Woodley said. Woodley and other parents are contesting the clothing code regulations of the school district because they believe they di’scriminate against African Americans. According to the dress code,
guys are not allowed to wear ponytails, ducktails, rattails, male buns, or puffballs, and their hair cannot hang below the top of a t-shirt collar. The Tatum Independent School District’s office of the superintendent as well as Tatum Primary School have declined to comment.
Woodley said that neither the board’s consideration of her viewpoint nor their intended course of action were made plain to her. In the interim, Woodley claimed she had asked the New Order National Human Rights Organization of Atlanta to lobby the superintendent on her behalf.
Every day, she posts photos of Tink to Facebook, his braided hair neatly pulled back into a bun in accordance with the dress rules for the school. In order for Tink to maintain his identity, she keeps fi’ghting the school system.