A Texas grandmother is outraged after she claims the superintendent told her to either cut her 4-year-old grandson’s hair or have him wear a dress—an incident she calls discrimination and racial injustice.
Randi Woodley said she was told by a Tatum Elementary School teacher that there was an issue with her grandson Michael Trimble’s hair. She then spoke with the superintendent, Dr. J.P. Richardson, who gave her three options regarding the boy’s shoulder-length hair.
“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,” grandparent Randi Woodley told KETK.
Woodley wrote a Facebook post on Aug. 13 that the school’s principal said Michael’s hair could be a “distraction.”
She claims Michael is being discriminated against and believes the real problem is the district’s dress code that states the hair shouldn’t “extend past the top of a t-shirt collar.”
Now, Woodley and other parents are holding signs and demanding the school board change its policies.
“We shouldn’t even be talking about this at any age because hair has nothing to do with learning,” Woodley said.
Woodley isn’t alone in her complaint.
Another parent, Kambryn Cox, is also asking the school board to rethink the rules after her son Kellan was told his hair couldn’t be in a ponytail.
“With my son’s dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face, so I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then that’s a problem,” Cox said.
Both Cox and Woodley said they plan on fighting what they believe to be a gender and race issue.
The superintendent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.