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Kindergartner sent home from school for long hair

Kindergartner Sent Home From School Because Of Long Hair

A 5-year-old boy from Seminole, Texas, is back in school today after he was sent home from the first day of school Monday. Not for misbehavior -- but because of his long hair.

Malachi Wilson told KOSA: "It was a sad day. It's got lots of kids."

His mother, April Wilson, said, "After we had enrolled him, he was excited. He was ready to go. Every day it was the question, 'Mom, are we going to school?"

Malachi Wilson's mother, April, told KOSA her son is half Native American and is a member of the Navajo Nation. Once she provided proof of this to the school district, it decided Malachi could return to school.

A writer for a Native American culture blog wrote in 2012 about the tradition of keeping hair long. Part of the blog reads: "The physical cutting of hair is a manifestation of the loss of a loved one, a loss of a relationship, and a loss of a part of self."

District officials for F. J. Young Elementary said they sent Malachi home because his hair was against school policy.

The district's dress code is pretty clear, saying boys can't have hair that's longer than the collar of their shirt and that "ponytails are not permitted."

What makes this even more interesting is the school's mascot is a Seminole, clearly depicted with long hair.

Malachi's story is similar to another that occurred in 2008.

The Needville Independent School District in Texas told kindergartner Adriel Arocha, who is part of the Lipan Apache tribe, he could either conceal his long hair in his shirt or wear it in a braid. He was suspended after refusing.

According to Opposing Views, after the district refused to give Adriel a religious exemption from the dress code, his family took the issue to court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ended up ruling in his favor in 2010.

Malachi's mother told KOSA she hasn't ruled out the idea of filing a discrimination lawsuit against the district.

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frankiegallo33 September 02 2014 at 6:48 AM

Pick on a 5 year old kid but say nothing about an animal with his pants down below his A$$ and a hat cocked to the side in ghetto style.
God Help Us.

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Jackass September 02 2014 at 6:11 AM

Here is a novel idea... How about we worry more about what is being taught and learned and less about what a child is wearing and how the child wears their hair?

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David September 02 2014 at 6:52 AM

No school has the right to dictate the length of anyone's hair, period. It is discriminatory regardless of the student's sex, race or ethnic background.

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Linda September 02 2014 at 6:26 AM

What does long hair have to do with going to school to learn? Oh heck when I went to school in the 60s and early 70s the boys had LONG HAIR! Imagine that and it did not interfer with a thing either. The boys still learned even with long hair! THIS IS STUPID. If girls can have their hair long boys can too. Stupid rules in schools these days. One literally cannot do a thing in school anymore including holding hands even!

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dneil55859 September 02 2014 at 6:37 AM

another example of "educators" being stupid

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kjmayberg September 02 2014 at 5:30 AM

Sounds like gender discrimination to me. If girls can have long hair, then boys should have the same right. Males don't have a "Feminist" voice to air discrimination against them.

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backpkr580 September 02 2014 at 8:20 AM

as long as it is clean ,groomed and is not a health threat or what ever leave him alone

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roseyoungstewart backpkr580 September 02 2014 at 11:04 AM

you just described my dog.

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CAMERON backpkr580 September 02 2014 at 4:07 PM


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slloyd414 September 02 2014 at 5:58 AM

Parents know the dress code before school starts. Glad they straightened it out, but the whole situation could have been avoided if she had taken the time to read the policies and discussed it beforehand.

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rich coleman September 02 2014 at 6:33 AM

this is not a a story.

the school has a policy and they followed it.

the kids family had a reason and they defended it.

the school acquiesced.

its the way things work.

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Mike September 02 2014 at 6:53 AM

Remember this when he's 30 years old, unemployed and drunk on a reservation.

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