We are “just trying to take it day by day,” said Darryl’s mom, Darresha George.
“We’re trying to hang in there, get through the motions,” she told CNN Tuesday. “We’re not going to back down. I don’t care what tactics they try. We’re not backing down.”
According to the family, Darryl had to report to in-school suspension for his twisted locs. That following month, he was suspended again and moved to a disciplinary program for maintaining the same hairstyle.
Later that month, his family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, alleging that Darryl’s suspension violated Texas’ CROWN Act, which prohibits natural hair discrimination in schools and workplaces.
The lawsuit claimed Abbott and Paxton didn’t protect Darryl’s rights against discrimination and free speech.
Darryl “should be permitted to wear his hair in the manner in which he wears it … because the so-called neutral grooming policy has no close association with learning or safety and, when applied, disproportionately impacts Black males,” argued Allie Booker, the family’s attorney.
“We are going to move to have the CROWN Act declared unconstitutional due to the manipulation of verbiage by the school.”