According to NBC News a A Michigan third-grader was denied the opportunity to take a school picture because she had red extensions in her hair. According to school rules children should take pictures with “the natural color” of their hair.
Marian Scott, who is black, showed up to school for picture day with red braids fashioned into a bun. But school officials told the 8-year-old her hair violated the picture-day policy and sent her back to class, her family told NBC affiliate WILX in Lansing.
“Marian didn’t leave out the house, go down the street, and go get this done on her own,” her father, Doug Scott, told WILX. “She’s 8-years-old. We did this ourselves in our home and there’s no way I felt like this would happen.”
Marian’s school, the Paragon Charter Academy in Jackson, Michigan, 85 miles west of Detroit, has a strict dress code in its student handbook, outlining that hair color must be in “natural tones” to get pictures taken. Paragon Academy also says that hairstyles must be “conservative” and “extreme hairstyles” are not permitted.
The school sent out a recorded message the Sunday before picture day detailing the dress code, the local station reported, but Scott said he never saw the message. Had he seen it, Scott said he would have changed his daughter’s hair.
What do you all think of this story? Personally I think in this case I would have changed her hair as well. Curious about all of your thoughts, so comment below!