A 4-year-old Texas boy with long hair was barred from his public kindergarten because of his locks. Jessica Oates says that her son (Jabez) who hasn’t had a haircut since birth, is stuck at home in limbo because the Texas (Mont Belvieu) school she enrolled him is in a district with a strict dress code. The wording bars boys with hair that goes below eyebrows, the ears or touches the collar; “inappropriate” hair accessories and pony tails are also forbidden.
… The school district released a statement defending its policy as a staple of a “rigorous educational environment of high expectations for (local residents’) children.” “Parents have a right to seek an appropriate educational setting for their child, just as Ms. Oates has the right to place her child in a district that reflects her personal expectations for standards of appearance. There are procedures in place for addressing concerns over policy if it is Ms. Oates’ desire to have her son educated in Barbers Hill ISD. But we would and should justifiably be criticized if our district lessened its expectations or longstanding policies simply to appease.”
… A representative for the school board said that all parents sign a “Student Handbook Acknowledgement Form” that includes Dress Code policy at registration.