Black Texas Student Stopped Going To Class After Being Told To Cut His Locs

Dyree Williams, a Black high school student in Texas, stopped attending class after being told that he had to cut his locs. According to CNN, the dress code policy at East Bernard High School states that “braided hair or corn rows will not be allowed.”

“Boys’ hair may not extend below the eyebrows, below the tops of the ears or below a conventional standup shirt collar, and must not be more than one-inch difference in the length of the hair on the side to the length of the hair on top,” the dress code states.

For Williams, however, changing his style is not an option.

“Once you cut that hair off, you cut off your line to your ancestors, you cut off your lineage, you cut off everything,” Williams’ mother, Desiree Bullock, told CNN. “And just it’s not an option … We don’t consider them dreadlocks because we don’t dread them we love them.”

The 17-year-old moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to East Bernard, located near Houston, in February. Since then, the family has been continually disputing the school’s policy.

The policy handbook is now removed from the district’s website. CNN, however, obtained a copy of the document. According to the handbook, the policy includes restrictions against “tall hair styles, side swept bang styles, and long hair dangling over shaved sides or shaved back of the head.”

“This also includes mullets and mullets in the making,” the dress code states. “Braided hair or corn rows will not be allowed. No extremes in hair styles.”

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