A black sixth-grade girl has been booted from her Louisiana Catholic school for wearing hair extensions.
Video shows a teary-eyed Faith Fennidy exiting the New Orleans-area school with relatives as her braids are pulled back.
Christ the King Middle School policy prohibits extensions, but many critics are calling the ban racist.
In a joint statement, the Urban League of Louisiana and the southern branch of The Anti-Defamation League denounced the policy, arguing it “shows racial insensitivity and bias by the administration to students and their families.”
Celeb-approved back-to-school gifts
Celeb-approved back-to-school gifts
For the bookworm: Oprah Winfrey is obsessed with Juniper Books' gorgeous designs -- the brand has snagged a spot on her coveted Oprah's Favorite Things list twice! (She reportedly gifted a massive custom book set to Mindy Kaling's daughter.) The brand-new Harry Potter Hogwarts Express set ($129), perfect for readers of any age, will be available Sept. 4. (PS: If your kid already has all 7 books, you can also just order the jackets!)
For any student on the go: Meghan Markle is the trendiest celeb of the year, and while her usual pointed-toe heels aren't quite suited for walking high school halls, her go-to sneakers are perfect for a crisp fall day. The Duchess of Sussex is a longtime fan of the Reebok Classic Leather ($75 for men's and women's; $50 for kids).
For the college guy who likes to party: Let's not pretend late nights aren't happening over on your kid's college campus. If you suspect hangovers are a common occurrence, lighten the impact with the Liam Hemsworth-approved Hangover Kit from Oars & Alps. Your kid will thank you later.
For the classic prep: Stylish right down to her fingertips! These cornflower blue pencils from Reese Witherspoon's Draper James collection are ideal for the student who's got some Southern taste.
For the girl who's too trendy for a backpack: A classic black leather tote can take a student from weekdays to weekends. This Betsey Johnson tote will fit a laptop and notebooks -- and won't ruin an otherwise-stylish outfit. Rihanna and Katy Perry are longtime fans of the brand.
For the kid who's always late to class: Clearly the iPhone alarm isn't working, so maybe an everyday watch will finally do the trick. Calvin Harris and Justin Bieber are both frequent wearers of the casual-cool analog-digital styles from G-SHOCK.
For the kid who always has trouble seeing the board: An extra pair of glasses is a luxury few realize comes in SO much handy. This is an especially great gift for students who usually wear contacts -- they can keep a pair of glasses in their backpacks in case their lenses start to become a bother midday. Lucy Hale wears these exact frames from Liingo ($99).
For the incoming senior: The high school years certainly do go fast. Encourage your kid to capture senior year in all its glory with something a bit more special than her phone. The new Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 is compact, functional and fun. Kendall Jenner and Shawn Mendes are noted fans of the party Polaroid.
For the girl nervously entering high school: Adolescence is scary for anyone, but that first year of high school can be particularly daunting. Ease the anxiety with a bit of wisdom from the late Elizabeth Taylor -- this small book can easily live inside a backpack. (Paris Jackson is also a fan.)
For the college student who really needs to figure out how to cook: Even while confined to a dorm room, there's no reason to live off of microwaveable noodles. The George Foreman Rapid Grill Series 6 ($119, coming this fall) -- a favorite of Food Network star Jeff Mauro -- is great for small spaces.
For the girl who could use an everyday staple: Appropriate for class, parties or even prom, this simple gold choker will be appreciated for girls with any type of style. Olivia Holt was spotted wearing this same one -- it's by Miranda Frye ($88).
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While the push is on Christ the King to reconsider its policy, social media is pulling for Faith.
Among her supporters are social activist Shaun King and rapper T.I.