A grandmother from East Texas is outraged after being told that her grandson must cut his hair.
Last month, Randi Woodley took her grandson to meet his teacher and was told that she needed to see the principal of Tatum Primary School.
The principal of the school told Woodley that her grandson, Michael “Tink” Trimble’s hair was too long and that she has two options: braid her grandson’s hair and pin it up in a bun, or cut it off.
To make matters worse, the superintendent Tatum Independent School District added a third option that made the grandmother even more outraged, according to CNN.
“He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school, and when prompted, my grandson must say he’s a girl,” Woodley explained.
Woodley and other parents are challenging the school district’s dress code policy that they feel are discriminating against African Americans. The dress code states that the hair of male students cannot extend below the top of a t-shirt collar and prohibit boys from wearing “ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male bun or puffballs.”
Tatum Primary School and the office of the superintendent for the Tatum Independent School District have declined to comment.
Tatum ISD Superintendent J.P. Richardson told Edwina Woodley that her 4 yr old grandson would need to have his hair cut OR…put on a dress and say he’s a girl.
What the hell??!?
What is the obsession with controlling Black people and forcing them to assimilate whiteness? pic.twitter.com/hgw3NTNwIf
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) September 13, 2019