(Full disclosure: “Hair” is one of The Juice’s top ten favorite films.) Even in late 2009, long hair is STILL an issue in some schools. The crazy thing about this story is, we’re talking about a 4-year-old boy! (Click on the link at the end of the post to see his picture.) Seems Taylor’s long hair violates this Texas schools dress code. As reported by The Dallas Morning News:
It’s too long, Mesquite ISD administrators say, and Taylor can’t attend class with other students until he gets a haircut.
Since early November, the pre-kindergartner has had lessons with a teacher’s aide in the library at Floyd Elementary School, cut off from other students. Neither his parents, who refuse to cut his hair, nor the school district is happy about that, but no one knows when it is likely to end.
A 4-year-old essentially in solitary confinement because of his hair. Brilliant!
“The school cannot give us an honest reason why we should force him to cut his hair. He loves his hair,” said Taylor’s father, Delton Pugh Jr., on Tuesday. “I’ll move out of this school district before I’ll force him to cut his hair.”
According to Taylor’s mother, Elizabeth Taylor, no one complained about her son’s hair until October, when the principal told her it needed to be cut. She refused because he likes his hair long, his father has long hair and the family has American Indian heritage.
Even so, she tried to work with the school and this idiotic rule.
She did trim the child’s hair along the sides and back, but school officials said it was still too long. She offered to put Taylor’s hair in a pony tail and slick back the front so it “will look nice,” she said.
Aaaargh! You can read more (a lot) and see a picture of Taylor here.