Of all the reasons to make a little girl cry and kick her out of the classroom, an Oklahoma elementary school may have found the meanest one.
Seven-year-old Tiana Parker, the daughter of a barber, was told to go home because her dreadlocks were unacceptable, along with "afros, mohawks and other faddish styles," according to the policy at Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa.
Tiana's father, Terrance Parker, says the charter school hassled him until he took Tiana—a straight-A student—out of classes and enrolled her at a different school. Discrimination much?
"She's always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice," said Parker.
Meanwhile, school officials repeated their school rules and said, "The school feels it could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for."
How, exactly, a kid's dreads could distract others from learning isn't entirely clear. Does her hair take on a life of its own and attack the other students? Does it do stand-up? And by the way, where are the kids with the mohawks?Were they sent home too? Inquiring minds want to know.
"I think that they should let me have my dreads," Tiana told the local Fox news affiliate.
Unlike mohawks and fad hairdos, dreadlocks and afros have cultural significance for some members of the black community who buck pressure to use chemical relaxers to straighten hair.
Regardless, it's a testament to our crumbling education system that this is the focus of our ire: a seven year-old kid's hairstyle, and not all the other issues plaguing our schools. Does that seem right to you?