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4-Year-Old Texas Boy Kept Out of Classroom Because of Long Hair

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The battle over a little boy's long hair rages on in Texas, after his parents rejected a compromise offer from a school board.

The drama began last November, when the school board in Mesquite pulled 4-year-old Taylor Pugh from his pre-kindergarten class because his hair was too long. It seems the board has a rule about boys' hair: "It must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt." Taylor's hair is longer than that.

Taylor has since been serving an in-school suspension, sequestered with a teacher's aide in a library.

At a meeting with the school board Monday, the board agreed to allow Taylor to keep his long hair, except he would have to keep it braided and out no longer than his ears. His parents rejected that and will fight on.

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The district is known for standing tough on its dress code. Last year, a seventh-grader was sent home for wearing black skinny pants. His parents chose to home-school him.

On its Web site, the district says its code is in place because "students who dress and groom themselves neatly, and in an acceptable and appropriate manner, are more likely to become constructive members of the society in which we live."

Here's a report from the Associated Press: